Radioactivity workshops – Spring 2014

I’m pleased to be able to announce details of my Spring 2014 Radioactivity workshops.

What are the workshops?

This series of workshops, at all levels, enable students to have a visual appreciation of radioactivity, and also do some hands-on practical activities which aren’t usually included in the classroom timetable.

The plan for the sessions is similar for each level, however the higher levels also examine the mathematical relationships featured in GCSE and A-level syllabuses.

Topics involved in the session include:

  • What is radioactivity?
  • The difference between random and stimulated emission
  • Seeing radiation: the cloud chamber
  • Uses of radiation (including measuring the atom and nuclear power)

The levels are tailored to a specific level, so please sign up for the level that you are working towards!

Where and when

The sessions will take place in Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham, DH1 4PP on Saturday, 1st March 2014.  The timings of the exact sessions is subject to confirmation, however they will be between 10.30am and 3pm. General interest and GCSE-level sessions are one hour, and the A-level session is one and a half hours.

You can find Antioch House opposite St Margaret’s Church at the bottom of Crossgate, just up from the junction with South Street.  It is a short walk from the Market Place across Framwellgate Bridge and to the left.

Parking is restricted in central Durham (Pay & Display). On-street parking for SMALL cars is available outside, but is very tight to get into, and fills up quickly on Saturdays. A better parking option is available in The Gates multi-story car park, which is a short walk away.  If you wish to Park & Ride, or travel by bus, the Bus Station is a few minutes walk away.


The cost for the workshop is calculated by sharing the total expenses between the number of people attending, and will be different for the A-level workshop due to its extra length.  The cost of the workshop will be confirmed on 15 February 2014, but will be between £10 and £20 per student. Payment will be taken online.


To sign up, visit my workshops page at and fill in the form.  Filling in the form commits your attendance at the workshop, so if you have any queries, please contact me!