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Lab Experience Days for Sixth Form Students

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?

  • Unfortunately the School of Life Sciences will not be able to offer the Lab Experience opportunity in July 2022 due to building works taking place in our Teaching Laboratories. We hope to run this experience again in July 2023.

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

Event timetable

Time Activity Venue
9:30 Arrival and Registration Life Sciences Reception
10:00-11:00 Welcome Lecture:
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 cannot 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 are currently closed.


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'
WMG Academy

'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'
Nicholas Chamberlaine