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"Learn About Life" event for visiting Primary schools

Neuroscience session at Learn About Life 2010 event
Dr Rebecca Trueman from the Brain Repair Group shows visiting pupils where different regions of their brain are located


This is an annual event run during National Science and Engineering Week for a number of local Primary school pupils (10/11 year olds). Around 240 pupils visit the School over 2 days to experience a wide range of bioscience topics presented by over 50 staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students. 

In 2010 it consisted of the following 4 sessions (pupils rotate around 3 sessions during their 1 day visit);

  • The Cells in Your Body (both days)
  • Biodiversity (both days)
  • Neuroscience (1 day only) - see "Brain Awareness Week" link for details of 2010 workshops
  • Physiology (1 day only)

Each session consists of a series of short interactive workshops. The pupils get to wear lab coats and take part in a quiz.

The 2010 event attracted external funding from RCUK, the Physiology Society, the Welsh Assembly and Career Wales.

See the following staff profiles for further information;

 Dr Pete Watson (The Cells in Your Body

 Dr Sarah Hall (Physiology

 Prof John Morgan (Biodiversity) 


"Using Killer Genes to Fight Cancer" workshop for 'A' level pupils

This is a 1 day highly practical and highly interactive workshop showcasing a research project undertaken by one of Dr Richard Clarkson's postgraduate students. This event was established in 2007 and is run about three times annually both to schools participating in our BBSRC Local Coordinator Scheme and to individual pupils participating in Cardiff University's "Step-up to Health" widening access scheme.

The workshop has attracted funding (see Funding Opportunities) from both the RCUK (NSEW Award 2007) and from the Royal Society (Partnership Award 2009) and has been extensively used for training purposes for researchers wanting to create their own workshops and/or increase their own engagement skills generally.


Researcher-in-Residence placement

Nuffield Science Bursary

Cardiff University Links