University of Worcester
University of Worcester
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Biochemistry Taster Day

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Event Summary:

Our Taster days use a range of interactive workshops to provide students with an insight into what it is like to study at university.

Full Event Details:

Medical diagnosis using PCR, What’s in the blood? Making an alcoholic banana DNA smoothie. Our Taster Days give students and insight into what it is like to study at University via a range of interactive workshops.
This session is divided into three activities.

1 – Medical diagnosis using PCR
Students use PCR to diagnose the genetic problem underlying a group of patients who have leukaemia. Using gel electrophoresis where the students get to make their own agarose gels from scratch recommendations are made for the type of treatment based on the outcome of the PCR results.

2 – What’s in the blood?
The makes use of the University’s top of the range microscopes to examine human blood cells and predict whether the slides are from a patient with a haematological abnormality. The slides contained stained white blood cells which are easily recognised as the various cells of the immune system. Students count the various types of cells and compare the results to a normal white cell count.

3 – Making an alcoholic banana DNA smoothie
Students use bananas to extract DNA using materials available in the kitchen. Whilst doing this students get the chance to chat to lecturers and demonstrators about DNA, genetics and how all living things share common mechanisms of inheritance.

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Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)


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Institution Profile:

The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.

The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual. From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.

Worcester is home to Europe’s first integrated university and public library, The Hive, and Britain’s first inclusive indoor sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete, the University of Worcester Arena, two facilities that exemplify our commitment to inclusion. We are top in the UK for gender equality and in the top 10 of universities to best reflect society.

Our commitment to supporting students’ wellbeing was recognised in being shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support in the 2018 Times Higher University Awards, and we are regularly identified as a best practice example in this field.

We believe in educating and supporting the whole person to succeed in their own personal endeavours but to also use the skills they develop to build a better world.

Worcester has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country. In the Government-published Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017), Worcester was placed in the top 10 for sustained employment with or without further study, one, two and three years after graduation. Over 97% of our graduates are in work or continuing to study within six months of graduating.

A key feature of a University of Worcester education is the golden triangle of professional education, which interweaves expert knowledge and practical learning. At the three points of the triangle are the well-motivated student, an inspiring educator, and an expert professional mentor.

With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability.

In the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Worcester was rated Silver, with assessors commenting that Worcester “delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.

We were placed 15th for teaching quality and 18th for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2019.

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