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Giving 6th form students a flavour of University life

Our Cellular and Molecular Medicine teaching technician Suzy Ede imparting her microbiology knowledge to a student.

20 June 2018

On June 19 and 20 the Faculty hosted two Biomedical Sciences Taster Days, designed to give 6th form students a taste of undergraduate teaching as well as some laboratory practical experience.

The students ran experiments in the Faculty Schools of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. They also had a chance to meet the medical manikin “STAN” in our Human Patient Simulator suite as well as attend a lecture about current research in the Faculty and receive admissions advice.

The students were able to do real undergraduate practical session such as “diabetes diagnosis” and “microbe identification”.  They clearly got a lot out of the day as 100% said that enjoyed the day and over 70% said that day changed their perception about courses or University in a good way. 

Over 100, mostly local, year 12 students attended but some did travel from Wolverhampton, South Wales and London.  

One student said they had “Learnt something new and it was really good!” whilst another said they “Loved using the equipment and everyone was really helpful”.

Gail Born, the Faculty Engagement Officer, said on the events: "These Taster Days are a great way for students from around the UK to come and experience actual UG practical lab sessions and lectures.  It gives them a realistic understanding if what it would be like to undertake a course here at the University and hopefully helps them decide which discipline they are most interested in."

 

Further information

Any staff or students interested in particpiating in future outreach events please contact Gail Born

outreach-FLS@bristol.ac.uk

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