‘Enquiring Minds’, a new PGR exhibition from the University Graduate School

Enquiring Minds: An interactive, problem-solving exhibition is an exciting new initiative from the University Graduate School. The exhibition is aimed at children aged 7-11 and will spotlight the work of current postgraduate researchers from across the University of Birmingham.

Each exhibit in Enquiring Minds invites visitors to find the answer to a question. Making cutting-edge research findings from the arts and the sciences accessible to all, this exhibition offers a fun and hands-on introduction to a wide range of topics.

The exhibition will be open from Monday 20 May until Friday 31 May. It will be located in the Alan Walters Building at the University of Birmingham (R29 on the campus map).


More information for teachers, parents, and guardians

Enquiring Minds: An interactive, problem-solving exhibition is designed to help children develop skills that are essential to their learning, and as an introduction to the exciting world of research!

The exhibition brings aspects of the Primary National Curriculum to life by posing intriguing questions about subjects such as science, geography, literature and language, physical education, art history, and mathematics.

By exploring each exhibit, children will:

  • carry out tests, solve puzzles, and construct informed responses to questions on a range of topics;
  • understand methods and processes used by experts in different subjects;
  • develop knowledge of important issues, facts, events, and concepts from across the arts and the sciences.

During May Half Term week (Monday 26 May until Friday 31 May), the exhibition will expand to include an exciting programme of activities. Check this webpage in May for further details.

If you are interested in arranging a group visit to Enquiring Minds (available during the week commencing Monday 20 May), contact graduateschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


More information for PGRs interested in exhibiting their work

As part of the development process for Enquiring Minds, the University Graduate School will offer a series of training events and activities. These sessions will be led by experts from the museums and primary education sectors, and will give PGRs the skills necessary to tailor their research for a young audience. Join an in-person workshop here, or online here.

The selection process for Enquiring Minds: An interactive, problem-solving exhibition will be competitive. Interested PGRs will need to submit a brief proposal in March outlining their exhibit ideas.

The opportunity to exhibit in Enquiring Minds is open to PGRs of all disciplines, and to in-person and distance-learning researchers alike.

If you have a query about the exhibition or the virtual information event, contact Ella Hawkins at graduateschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


More information for UoB staff and students

Enquiring Minds will be open to the UoB community Monday 20 May until Friday 31 May in the Alan Walters Building at the University of Birmingham (R29 on the campus map), and all staff and students are warmly invited to visit. It will be a great way to find out more about the exciting and innovative research being done by postgraduate researchers at the University of Birmingham.

Spread the word with your friends and colleagues! 

If you have a query about the exhibition or would like to request some marketing materials for the exhibition, contact Ella Hawkins at graduateschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk.











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