Year 12 Activities

Ranging from two-hour Masterclasses, to week-long residentials, our programme of events for Year 12 enables students to begin to explore what life is like studying a healthcare subject at university ahead of them applying to institutions in Year 13.

Routes to the Professions: Medicine (R2P)

The Routes to the Professions: Medicine (R2P) programme is aimed at students who are from groups currently under-represented in medicine courses and the medical profession and who have the potential and aspiration to succeed in a career as a doctor. R2P offers a full package of support, guidance and mentoring helping students to develop the non-academic skills and attributes required for a career in medicine. Tailored guidance on seeking work experience, writing personal statements, communication and reflection skills, interview techniques and medical admission tests is also provided.

Find out more.

 

Routes to the Professions: Dentistry (R2P)

The Routes to the Professions: Dentistry (R2P) programme is aimed at students who are from groups currently under-represented in dentistry courses and the dental profession and who have the potential and aspiration to succeed in a career as a dentist. R2P offers a full package of support, guidance and mentoring helping students to develop the non-academic skills and attributes required for a career in dentistry. Tailored guidance on seeking work experience, writing personal statements, communication and reflection skills, interview techniques and dental admission tests is also provided.

Find out more.

Masterclasses

Masterclasses in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences will give you the opportunity to find out more about the ground-breaking and world-leading research we do at the University of Birmingham and how this research is aligned to our undergraduate degree programmes. By joining in with the interactive activities in each Masterclass, you will have the opportunity to experience what learning is like at a selective Russell Group University. All our Masterclasses run on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn and you can find out more about each of them below.

Molecule to market: an interactive exercise in drug product development

6th November 2019 13:00-15:00 Pharmacy/Biomedical Science/Medicine

Choosing the right career path is usually not simple decision - as a pharmacist, one has a wealth of opportunities. This session will use scenarios to consider the chemistry and biology of drugs to inform decisions on the development of a new medicine. Students will use real-life issues to decide how they would balance speed of development with patient safety and product quality. No prior knowledge of drug development is required! This session will introduce new and not-yet-considered roles and specialization possibilities in the pharmaceutical industry and increase students’ knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and drug development.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Molecule-to-market.aspx

Nurses – how do they assess human health?

13th November 2019 13:00-15:00 Nursing/Medicine

Nurses have a key role in assessing whether or not a patient is healthy. Have you ever considered whether the way this is done in children and in adults is the same or is different? This masterclass will give you the opportunity to learn more about how nurses clinically assess patients and you will have the chance to get some hands-on experience of how this is done in practice. If you’re thinking about a career in nursing or healthcare, or if you’ve ever been a patient and wondered why medical examinations are done in a certain way, this is the masterclass for you. Come along and find out more about the nursing research that is done at the University of Birmingham and how this influences the way in which the next generation of nurses are trained and how it influences every day clinical practice.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Nurses-how-do-they-assess-human-health.aspx

Monoclonal Antibodies as Anti-cancer Drugs

20th November 2019 Biomedical Science/Medicine/Pharmacy

In this session we will cover the vaccination of mice with human proteins or tissues. We will look at how it is possible to select lymphocyte clones producing mouse monoclonal antibodies specific for selected targets and engineer mouse monoclonal antibodies to generate chimeric (mouse/ human) and fully human monoclonal antibodies as therapeutic drugs. By the end of the session you will learn how these drugs work as mechanisms of action.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Monoclonal-Antibodies-as-Anti-cancer-Drugs.aspx

Biomaterials: helping you live longer?

20th November 2019 13:00-15:00 Biomedical Materials Science/Dentistry/Biomedical Science/Medicine/Pharmacy

Biomaterials are crucial for treating a wide variety of diseases and disabilities and they are found in things like artificial blood vessels and heart valves, hip- and knee-replacements, artificial limbs and dental implants. You might even have already had a biomaterial used on you. As our population now lives for longer, developing new biomaterials will become increasingly important. This interactive masterclass will give you the opportunity to find out more about a huge range of biomaterials, their design and how their specific components are chosen. You’ll hear about the ground-breaking, key areas of research into biomaterials currently being carried out at the University of Birmingham and you will have the chance to see some of these materials and biomedical devices in action.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Biomaterials-helping-you-live-longer.aspx

Where do medicines come from?

27th November 2019 13:00-15:00 Medicine/Pharmacy/Biomedical Science

Have you ever wondered where our medicines come from? Do you know the history of drugs like aspirin and botox? This masterclass will give students a chance to explore these questions and to learn about drug discovery and development. This fascinating Masterclass will also provide an opportunity to think about the role of pharmaceutical companies, the significant costs of research, and discuss ethical tensions in prescribing decisions, the role of NICE, conflicts of interest, and why doctors need to interpret evidence and understand pharmacology.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Where-do-medicines-come-from.aspx 

Can seaweed prevent intestinal disease?

4th December 2019 13:00-15:00 Biomedical Science/Medicine/Pharmacy

Biomedical Science has a key role in driving the discoveries that change the ways in which we target disease and promote human health. This masterclass will give students the opportunity to conduct an experiment to assess how a polymer extracted from seaweed could be the answer for preventing iron driven intestinal disease and could be used as probiotic for the enhancement of general health. Iron is important for human health (deficiency can lead to anaemia), however, in excess it can prove highly toxic to the body - it has been implicated in inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer. Research in Birmingham has shown that this is likely to be driven by the amplification of a number of cancer-causing molecular pathways and also through a modulation in the intestinal bacterial composition. This has led to the development of a number of therapies and students will have the opportunity to test one of these in this masterclass, gaining an insight into the life-changing research that takes place at the university.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Can-seaweed-prevent-intestinal-disease.aspx

The Eye: Fact or Fiction

11th December 2019 13:00-15:00 Medicine/Biomedical Science

Can you really lose a contact lens behind your eye ball? Is sitting close to the television screen really bad for your eyes? Do babies see the world in black and white? Is it dangerous to sneeze with your eyes open? We will answer these questions and more as we explore common beliefs and myths about the human eye.

This workshop will teach students about the eye and visual system by separating 'fact' from 'fiction'. Students will be invited to learn about one of the most fascinating and important organs in the human body, and why you shouldn't always believe what you see on television!

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/The-Eye-Fact-or-Fiction.aspx

Why should I look after my gums?

11th December 2019 13:00-15:00 Dentistry/Dental Hygiene and Therapy/Biomedical Materials Science

Dentistry is an ever-evolving profession. In this Masterclass, students will have the opportunity to explore the ground-breaking research being undertaking in Birmingham Dental School and how this influences the training of the next generation of Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists. Students will discover what it is like to be a dentist, what exactly the training and job entails, how dentists interact with other healthcare professionals and the career paths available to those interested in a career in this industry.

To book: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/Masterclasses/Why-should-I-look-after-my-gums.aspx

 

Link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/teachers/pupil-opportunities/post-16/Masterclasses.aspx#medicalanddentalsciences

Institute of Microbiology and Infection Summer School

The Institute of Microbiology and Infection offer Year 12 Biology students the chance to find out what it is like to work as a scientist in a laboratory. Running for five days each summer, students are given the chance to explore microbiology in a range of sessions including ‘Meet the Microbes’, ‘Microbes and the Environment’, ‘Microbes and Man’ and ‘How to become a Scientist’.

For more information and to apply, please visit our IMI Summer School website

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing Summer School

The Institute of Inflammation and Ageing offer Year 12 Biology students the opportunity to learn more about what a career in Biomedical Science Research involves. In this five day summer school, students will get first-hand experience of the cutting edge research carried out in the Institute including inflammation, ageing, lung disease, arthritis, burns and trauma. The summer school runs each July. For more information contact Dr Kirsty McGee (k.c.mcgee@bham.ac.uk), Lead Research & Skills Training Technician.

Biological and Health Sciences Academic Enrichment Programme

The Biological and Health Sciences Academic Enrichment programme is for Year 12 students living in the Greater West Midlands region. Students on the week-long residential programme attend interactive lectures relevant to their academic interests during the day and participate in a full calendar of social events in the evenings.Find out more.

Biological and Health Sciences Higher Education Insight Programme

The Biological and Health Sciences Higher Education Insight programme is for Year 12 students living outside the Greater West Midlands region. Students on the week-long residential programme attend interactive lectures relevant to their academic interests during the day and participate in a full calendar of social events in the evenings.Find out more.

BWAMS Year 12 conference

Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences student society will be hosting a conference for Year 12 students at the Medical School on Saturday 7th December. Hold this date if you are interested - more information will follow shortly.

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