Events and activities for secondary schools and sixth formers
Visit the University
Groups of students can visit us at the University for one of our practical workshop sessions, attending interactive talks and using specialist equipment usually reserved for undergraduate students - hopefully inspiring the next generation of scientists!
Visits are free to state schools and can be planned for a single workshop or several workshops to make up a half or whole day. Visits can also be combined with other activities such as campus tours or admissions talks.
The Faculty of Life Sciences also hosts Taster Days designed to give sixth-form students a taste of undergraduate teaching as well as some laboratory practical experience.
Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
Learn about the biochemistry behind diabetes mellitus by performing experiments to determine whether a patient has Type I or Type II diabetes.
Genetics and dividing cells
Students will perform a series of experiments where by DNA will be extracted using a miniprep technique and then used to set up a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) reaction. Amplified DNA will be digested using restriction enzymes and analysed using agarose gel electrophoresis.
Physiology of the heart and lungs
Explore the inner workings of the heart and lungs. Measure your own oxygen saturation and take away a trace of your vital capacity and forced expiratory volume. Sessions can include experimental design and hypothesis formation, including collection of physiological data for subsequent analysis.
Microbiology and immunology
Learn all about microbes, immunity and how the body fights infection, and use our UV hand gel to highlight the bacteria on the skin.
Water quality of our rivers
Assess samples from rivers for macro-invertebrates and micro-organisms. The macro-invertebrates found in streams have been found to be very good indicators of pollution and therefore the overall quality of water.
See the small stuff – electron microscopy
Take a tour of our electron microscopy facilities, including looking at a transmission electron microscope, using a scanning electron microscope and receiving a guest lecture from an expert in the field which will cover A-level topics such as resolution and magnification.
Visiting your school
KS4 Inspire roadshows
Our Inspire Roadshows are exciting, interactive, subject specific sessions that take place in the school classroom and last 45-60 minutes. They are free to local BS and BA postcode state schools, but priority will be given to schools with high numbers of BAME, Pupil Premium students or groups currently under represented within Higher Education
They are tailored towards year 10 & 11 students to help them with their A Level choices and ensure they understand the options available to them afterwards. They are curriculum led and bring together a small amount of theory with a large amount of hands on activities. They cover the wide range of subjects available at the University of Bristol from Sciences and Arts to Languages and Humanities.
Please use this Year 10/11 Roadshow booking form to see available sessions and request a visit.
Science speaker talks
We also offer expert researchers who can give science talks in your school. Talks aimed at Year 11, 12 and 13 students give an insight into some of the exciting research at the University. The talks help students understand different topics in health, biological and biomedical sciences.
- For further information please contact outreach-FLS@bristol.ac.uk
DNA in a bottle
Perform a DNA extraction from your own cheek cells (or piece of fruit) and make a necklace containing a vial of this DNA.
The Biochemistry of Forensic Science – CSI and Gel Electrophoresis
Unleash your inner detective by asking ‘Whodunnit? and see how DNA can be used in forensic science.
Physiology of the heart and lungs
Explore the inner workings of the heart and lungs. Measure your own oxygen saturation and take away a trace of your vital capacity and forced expiratory volume. Sessions can include experimental design and hypothesis formation, including collecting of physiological data for subsequent analysis.
Explore this brilliant organ through a number of hands-on activities and games, including stimulating the ulnar nerve to show how the nerves link to muscles, doing the Stroop Test to show that it is impossible to multi-task, and battling a friend in the mind-flex game.
A general career talk about university life and what it is like going to university, covering the opportunities and benefits of coming to the University of Bristol with some details of the different Life Sciences courses on offer and how to apply.
Academic Talks programme
A range of expert researchers giving science talks in your school, aimed at students in Years 11, 12 and 13. The talks help students understand different topics in health, biological and biomedical sciences.
Interested in organising a visit, or need more information? Get in touch
Secondary School outreach
We offer a week of work experience for Year 10 and 11 pupils who want to find out more about what it's like to work in the university technical teams.