Public Understanding of Science in Health (PUSH)

This programme aims to inspire the next generation of talent.

It covers four main areas:

Public lectures

The Science in Health Public Lecture Series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of concern in health care and present new research on health issues to the public.

The lectures are held on Thursday evenings, running from October to June, usually in the large Chemistry Lecture Theatre of the University Main Building. The lectures are free and no booking is required. All are welcome – including senior school pupils interested in a career in healthcare.

Local year 12 and 13 pupils have the opportunity to meet with the speaker prior to the lecture. If you are a year 12 or 13 pupil and wish to meet with one of the forthcoming speakers, please contact Medic Engagement.

2016/2017 Public Lecture Series

DateTitle
Thursday 13 October 2016Genomic Medicine: What it is and how the 100,000 Genomes Project can help the NHS to deliver it. 
Thursday 10 November 2016Inspired by Lipids: Molecules providing novel solutions for medical, agricultural and environmental issues. 
Thursday 8 December 2016The Ecosystem Inside: Your body, your microbes and your health. 
Thursday 19 January 2017Telomeres and Chromosomal Damage: The yin-yang of cancer and ageing.
Thursday 16 February 2017Intensive Care Medicine: How a little girl helped to save the world. 
Thursday 30 March 2017The Evolution of Reproductive Medicine: How far have we come in the treatment of infertility and how far should we go? 

View past public lectures on our video channel.

Science in Health Live!

Science in Health Live
Year 12 pupils engaging in one of our interactive displays.

This annual event involves five schools within Cardiff University (Medicine, Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences, Optometry and Vision Sciences and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), has been running for over twenty years.

Almost 1,000 year 12 pupils from across Wales and the border counties visit the School for this event to gain insight into our ongoing biomedical research.

The day includes:

  • laboratory tours
  • interactive exhibition areas
  • stand-up science comedy
  • short talks on various hot topics
  • a Science Theatre presentation demonstrating medical and clinical sciences in action
  • a closing career session on 'Where can science lead you?' whereby mobile phone use is positively encouraged in order to ask career-related questions!

Considerable efforts are made to ensure that pupils registered on the University’s widening access scheme, 'Step-up to University' are able to attend.

View past hot topics talks.

View past careers talks.

For any Science in Health Live queries or bookings please contact:

Health Events

Lab work experience

A coordinated and evolving programme of schemes to inspire local students and to maximize opportunities for them to pursue a career in science and/or medicine.

Lab work
Some pupils enjoying the hands on lab work.

The students receive a general introduction to the week including an outline of the nature of the work undertaken in the research laboratories.

The remainder of the week is set up whereby the students have a range of experiences working in teams with a number of different investigators and their research groups.

The students have opportunities to experience cutting edge-technologies like molecular biology, flow cytometry, DNA sequencing, egg micro-injection, virology, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, pharmacology and cellular immunology with research groups from across the school.

Importantly, the students have the chance of meeting PhD students and post-doctoral fellows many of whom are in the early stages of their career. On the final afternoon, the students come together to describe what they have learnt from the week and information is also provided on the UCAS application process.

Life Sciences Challenge

An inter-school competition for year 10 pupils consisting of a quiz designed and delivered by both PhD students and early career researchers (Post Doctoral Researchers and Junior Fellows).

Life Sciences Challenge
Pupils taking part in the Life Sciences Challenge quiz.

These are individuals who are passionate about science, and have chosen to dedicate their lives to scientific research. They want to share this enthusiasm for trying to understand the natural world with pupils in Wales.

We hope that by giving pupils the opportunity to meet young scientists working locally, we will inspire them to consider the possibilities of scientific careers.

Some of the questions will follow the National Curriculum, but others may require knowledge gained from further reading/investigation.

Importantly, some questions will test pupils’ ability to analyse data and apply logic and learned knowledge to unfamiliar concepts. Questions will be largely Biology and Chemistry based, but could involve aspects of Physics and Geology where these pertain to understanding the living world.

For further information about any of these activities please contact:

Medic Engagement