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Public engagement and outreach


Public engagement evenings

Our Division of Biomedical Sciences holds regular public engagement evenings, welcoming members of the public onto campus to tell them about the research being done here and to give them the opportunity to browse our labs. Recent topics have included:

Engaging young people

Our researchers regularly interact with young people to engage them in science and medicine. Recent activities have included:

Community events

We get involved in many community events to talk about our research and engage with members of the public. For example, the Pint of Science Festival is an annual event where academics give talks in local pubs. In 2019 five of our researchers were involved. Other recent events include:

Work experience

We strongly encourage our staff to offer work experience to pupils interested in learning about the various aspects of medical research. Many of our staff are also doctors at local hospitals and are therefore also available for clinical work experience.

Our staff offer experimental laboratory work experiences placements every summer for secondary school students 16 years and above. A range of short research projects in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology are available in the biomedical research laboratories based at WMS.

For clinical work experiences, this will have to go through the NHS Trust. Information about the relevant hospitals we work with can be found here.

Our Work Experience programme is temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are hoping to offer placements in the future so if you are interested in a placement for 2021, please contact us before 31 March 2021, at, telling us why you would like to do a research placement.

Medical student activities

Our medical students regularly organise engagement activities with school children. For example, the Teddy Bear Hospital project provides a fun, friendly and relaxed platform that enables children to experience -and get used to - the consultation atmosphere in a mock hospital setting, with medical students acting as doctors to treat the children's poorly teddy bears.

Our students also regularly provide CPR training in the community. Recently 13 of our medical student instructors delivered CPR training to 500 school children.