The School of Bioscience is passionate about working with a range of audiences, including schools and local communities, to ignite and nurture a love of science, as well as sharing the exciting cutting-edge research taking place at the university with the public.
Our Outreach Work
We have an active outreach team who work with a
variety of local schools in order to provide opportunities to students from low
income households, from low participation areas, who are care experiences, who
are young carers, who are or have previously been in receipt of free school
meals, from military families, from traveller communities, who are asylum
seekers or refugees, or who are studying without the support of their family.
We are proud to be a part of Discovery Planet’s
efforts to bring inspirational, enriching and creative experiences to the heart
of local communities. Historically, this support has consisted of running a
series of workshops for primary schools in Ramsgate. If you are interested in
learning more about this program, we recommend checking out Discovery Planet’s
We offer a range of in-school talks delivered by our academics. This can be on their current research, about their general research area or about how a topic on the curriculum relates back to studies and research at a university.
Currently this list of talks include:
• Ageing: Can we improve or prevent the process? • Brain protein and armour • Captain America: Can we design a superhero? • COVID-19: What do we know and what do we not know? • Molecular genetics and reproduction • Visualising memory molecules • What is cancer and why is it so difficult to cure? • Working as a research scientist
However, this offer is perpetually in development as new research topics arise. If there is anything specific you are looking for, feel free to reach out to us. Due to their flexible nature, these talks can also be adapted to suit a range of age groups.
GCSE Curriculum Support
Research has repeatedly shown how important support
during ones GCSEs are when it comes to predicting future A-level grades and
university attendance. With this in mind, we launched our GCSE Curriculum
Support program which aims to assist a selection of local schools with required
science practicals. The two events run by the School of Bioscience, Microscopy
and Restriction Digest, allows the students to visit our university labs,
perform the required practical with support from university student ambassadors,
and meet academics who will share how these techniques and theories are applies
within their current research.
We are in the process of developing a virtual learning
environment which can support students from low income households doing their
GCSEs. The aim of this project is to provide support similar to that found
within revision guides without the associated financial barriers. Once this is
live, we will be distributing access to the program through our partner
Inside Natural Science
This Silver CREST Award program is designed to give
students the opportunity to run their own STEM research projects with the
support of academic staff, student ambassadors and our laboratory facilities.
The required 30 hours of research and development time will take place both
on-campus and in-school, and will culminate in a reward ceremony where students
will be given the opportunity to present their research posters. This is aimed
at KS4 students.
This program consists of three full day visits where
students will be given the opportunity to further develop their laboratory
skills. They will be given the opportunity to purify a protein using two
different techniques, analyse the results of an electrophoresis, prompt a
chemical modification and more. This is aimed at KS5 students.
Bioscience Work Experience Week
Every year we host our annual Bioscience Work
Experience Week in August which invites a selection of students to conduct a
guided research project in our laboratory facilities. The week will also
include talks from academics on university life and is a brilliant opportunity
to hone one’s technical skills in time for university. This program is aimed at
If you are interested in participating in any of the
above outreach programs or wanting to offer it out to your students, feel free
to email us at email@example.com
for more details.