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Outreach in Life Sciences

Hello from the School of Life Sciences Outreach Team

Outreach activities in Life Sciences are fun and designed to be accessible for all. We offer schools and colleges a range of opportunities, from practical hands-on lab sessions to lectures, to inspire students to explore the world of bioscience. We work with Foundation Stage (Reception Year) up to Sixth Form students and also offer Professional Development sessions for teachers via Warwick CPE.

Over the past year we have delivered outreach to over 2,000 students from approximately 100 schools across the country. If you would like to come and bring your students to visit us or you would like to book us to come to your school/college, please use our online form below to register your interest.

We look forward to hearing from you, if you have any queries please contact us via email SLS dot Outreach at warwick dot ac dot uk

Kevin, Leanne, Gill and Branagh.

Meet the Team:

Kevin  Leanne Gill Branagh
Prof Kevin Moffat
Director of Outreach
Dr Leanne Williams
Senior Teaching Fellow
Mrs Gill Scott
Teaching Lab Manager

Mr Branagh Crealock-Ashurst
Outreach and Student Experience Assistant

Interested in outreach activities in Life Sciences?

This academic year (2016-17) we are heavily involved with the Royal Society of Biology in the delivery and organisation of both the British and the International Biology Olympiads. We are aiming to maintain our current activities with both public and school organisations, but inevitably we will be stretched - we will try and respond to your interests as soon as we are able to.

We are now fully booked for school's visits this academic year. Our Lab Experience Day's are still going ahead this year, sign up's are now open. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would like to enquire for the academic year beginning September 2017 please still get in touch via the registration of interest form.

Outreach activities available to book

  EYFS KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5
Cells        
Environment        
Genetics        
Molecular Biology        
Physiology
Headstart Summer School          
Lab Experience Days          


Are any other experiments available?

Subject to availability, we are happy to discuss other requirements you might have and may also be able to provide training for teachers. For example we have also provided "DinoDig" experience days for two West MIdlands primary schools and with the Fun Palaces organisation and, in collaboration with the The Shakespeare Birthplace Education Trust, recently presented the history and biology of Plague - from 1340s, through Shakespeare's Europe to Present day emergence and epidemics. Please complete the registration of interest form to let us know what you would like to do!

Is it possible to book a talk/lecture?

We offer a wide range of research specialities within the School of Life Sciences and offer an annual Christmas lecture which is open to all. We are occasionally able to offer speakers on subjects by request. Recent examples of talks include:

  • Breathing with your Brain
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Biological Rhythms

Do you offer Work Experience Placements?

We can occasionally offer work experience placements for students in Year's 11, 12 and 13 but these are at the discretion of academics within the department. Preferentially we would advise you undertake a laboratory experience day instead as we cannot gurantee a placement for work experience. However, if you would like to enquire about work experience please contact SLS dot outreach at warwick dot ac dot uk and we can advise whether there are any placements avaliable to you.

We have a large number of lab experience day placements for Year 11 and Year 12 students as part of our Lab Experience week that takes place in July every year. This involves the student coming to the deparment for a day and undertaking a laboratory practical with us to get a taste of studying for an undergraduate degree here.
Applications for this are now open.

We also contribute to the University Widening Participation and Outreach

Resources for the classroom

Dr Lorenzo Frigerio, a plant cell biologist in the School of Life Sciences, has written 'The Vacuole Song' with colleagues from Oxford Brookes University. The song and accompanying video were developed to help students in secondary schools to understand these intracellular compartments in plants and how they function.

Outreach activity in Life sciences


Hear from Dr Leanne Williams, a Senior Teaching Fellow, about her involvement in the School's outreach activities, which have reached over 2,000 children from more than 100 schools in the last year alone. She tells us what she loves about working with young people in the most recent 50@50 blog.
Read her interview on the
50th anniversary blog