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Successful outreach by the School of Biochemistry

19 April 2018

The School of Biochemistry ran an engaging and successful outreach session for Chew Valley School.

At the University this month (April), visiting year 9 students from Chew Valley School had the opportunity learn about basic genetics. Following this, the students got their hands dirty in a practical session involving a gel electrophoresis experiment to identify DNA in a mock crime scene run by Alejandro Lorente Pons and Mirium Ellis from the School of Biochemistry. Importantly, the visit and lab experience gave the students a clearer idea about what goes on within the University and encouraged these young people to consider pursuing University study in the future.

The group leader highlighted how most of the students did not have a relative who has been to University and that they really enjoyed the trip. The feedback also reported that the group were kept fully engaged throughout the day by both the academics and student ambassadors who really cared about giving these youngsters a hand up.

The students also had time to visit other University Faculties including engineering, earth sciences and life sciences to them an idea of the diversity of courses and research activities going on at the University.

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