How we help to make the study of science and medicine more accessible
Our researchers take part in many events aimed at improving access to, and widening participation in, the study of science and medicine at Oxford and elsewhere. These include:
- University Open Days for prospective students
- UNIQ summer schools aimed at 16-18 year-olds. Dunn School researchers introduce students to topics such as tropical medicine
- Oxford Pathways Programme aimed at students from non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford
- Visits to schools in target regions of the UK
- Presentations at the annual Oxford and Cambridge regional conferences
Labs also support local school students carrying out work experience during the year. Rachel Exley hosted a student during their summer holidays as part of the 'In2Science' scheme which helps individuals from low income backgrounds. Rachel’s student is now studying Biochemistry at Queens University Belfast.
In January 2015, members of the Tang lab spent at day at Elmwood Primary School in Middleton, telling children about the discovery of microbes, diseases caused by bacteria, and how work at the Dunn School led to the development of penicillin.