Switching Genes On with Dr Leanne Williams
The lab experience day programme has been running for over 8 years. Students from over 30 different schools and colleges have attended.
When will the Lab Experience days be held?
- Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and distancing restrictions in our labs, Life Sciences will not be able to offer the Lab Experience opportunity in 2021. We hope to run this experience again in July 2022.
Lab Experience Day Aims:
- To promote the study of biology at university
- To provide students (and accompanying teachers) with some new practical skills by undertaking real lab-based work
- To enable students to learn about university life from our current students
|9:30||Arrival and Registration||Life Sciences Reception|
Studying Biology at University and an Introduction to the Experiment
|11:00-12:30||Lab Introduction and ‘Induction of beta-galactosidase in Escherichia coli’||Laboratory|
|12:30-13:30||Lunch||Café Gibbet Hill/Outside|
|13:30-16:00||Experiment Completion and Review of Results||Laboratory|
The lab experience days are free of charge but we do ask students to bring a packed lunch or money to buy food from the café. Unfortunately we cannnot provide any renumeration for travel costs. If you are travelling by train we advise you book your tickets as soon as possible to get the cheapest price.
The School of Life Sciences organises a mini-bus shuttle between Coventry Train station and the University of Warwick campus at the beginning and end of the day.
How to Book
Bookings for Lab Experience days in July 2021 will open in April 2021
Group booking - If you are a teacher and would like to book for a group of students, please complete the Group Booking form
Individual booking - If you are a student and would like to book a place for yourself, please complete the Individual Booking form
Note: Please only complete the booking form if you are committed to attend.
Here's what our students had to say:
'It has helped me gain an insight into what lab sessions are like at university level, and this has helped me to decide between choosing a science-based and a humanities course at university'
Blue Coat School, Coventry
'It has made me realise how much more I would love to study a biology-related course'
Rugby High School
'Really enjoyed the lab skills. Really helped with data analysis and practical reporting. Helped to make the biology theory much clearer'
The Polesworth School, Tamworth
'I am more inclined towards choosing biology after this session'
President Kennedy, Coventry
'Fantastic day; very informative and useful'
The Cotswold School
'I loved this day as a whole. I would love to spend most days like this, it all feels so satisfying to wear a proper lab coat and conduct real science'
'Today further strengthened my desire to go to university'
North Leamington School
'I have still not decided what degree I would like to do; however, after today I would like to do a degree involving biology'
John Henry Newman, Birmingham
'I am considering going to University and after today I have actually started to take biology into consideration'
Waverley Sixth Form
'I knew I wanted to go to university; however I now know that I want to do something science-based'