Biology, Chiropractic & Forensics Activities for Schools and Colleges
Talks and Workshops
Explore the diversity of the order primates with a field primatologist. You’ll see loads of pictures of beautiful apes, monkeys, and prosimians, and learn what characteristics these groups share. We’ll then talk about how humans fit into this group of animals, and what makes us unique.
Most people know that microorganisms cause nasty diseases, but what about all of the good stuff they do for us? This talk will take students on a tour down the lens of a microscope to discover the weird and wonderful world of microorganisms - teeming with life and displaying astounding and beautiful diversity. You will learn about some of the good, the bad and the bizarre inhabitants of this invisible domain, and you will come away with a deeper appreciation for these small but mighty creatures. We live in a microbial world, and we owe our entire existence to marvellous microbes.
Medicine is an increasingly competitive field. This talk will highlight how applicants can gain skills, knowledge and practical experience to make a strong application to Medicine, and will also outline alternative pathways.
In this hands-on workshop, students will have the opportunity to inspect, measure, and draw replicas of hominin crania. They will see replica skulls for Neanderthals, Homo erectus, modern gorilla, and a modern human. Using a taxonomic key, students will determine the presence or absence of key features to identify the species designation of each specimen.
Maximum class size: 16 students
Birds are well known for their amazing flying ability, which has helped them inhabit all regions of the globe. However, some species are more skilled aerial acrobats than others, while some do not fly at all! We will use bird skeletons and wing specimens to piece together and understand the reasons why there are these differences, and to show how birds have adapted so successfully to occupy such a range of different habitats.
How do you feel when you think about wild animals? What if I asked you about a specific animal; a lion, for instance – how do you feel about lions? Now, consider how someone who lives alongside lions might feel about them. How do you both differ in your opinions and why? In this interactive talk, we’ll explore how people live alongside wildlife – sometimes dangerous wildlife – around the world. We’ll see how this is reflected in their culture, how it impacts their communities, and what this means for wildlife conservation.
Join us as we explore some of the incredible diversity of life found in a tropical forest. From the weird to the wonderful, we will peak in to the lives of some truly fascinating plants and animals, learning about some of their unique features that enable them to live in a tropical forest. If you are interested to learn why male birds of paradise have such extraordinary plumages, why a river is no barrier to some web-building spiders, or why female gibbons may be disappointed by their partner’s singing voices, then join us for this tropical exploration.
Antibiotics were the wonder drugs of the 20th century. They continue to be successful in curing infections and saving lives, transforming modern medicine. However, we currently face a crisis. Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, making infections harder to treat. To make the problem worse, we have not discovered any new types of antibiotics for 20 years. This talk will explore the varied reasons behind the crisis and look at different ways in which it may be avoided.>> Book a Workshop
In this hands-on workshop, students will have a go at assembling a full-sized human skeleton model. They will get to review skeletal form and function by putting the skeleton back together. Then, students can try a bit of forensic anthropology, by determining the sex and approximate stature of the individuals.
Maximum class size: 16 students
Explore the electrical activity of the human heart. In this session we will learn the cardiac cycle and how it forms the traces you see on an ECG. We’ll talk about what a “normal” ECG is and what happens when things go wrong. This talk is suitable for students interested in Medical Sciences, Medicine and/ or Biomedical Science.
Birds are all around us. They're in the air, on the ground, in the water, in the trees, and under the eaves. Some are as small as bumblebees, while others can be taller than and heavier than the average person. You can find birds in the lowest deserts and on the highest mountains. Birds have fascinated people for as long as there have been people and we invite you to join us for a talk that takes us on a trip from the very first birds, through to the amazing diversity we see today. You’ll see amazing behaviour, spectacular plumage, and hear startling sounds. You might not leave as a birdwatcher, but you'll definitely have a greater appreciation for our feathered friends.
Forensic Science and Investigation
Explore the processes used to enhance and lift fingerprints at a crime scene. Use the powders that the real CSIs use to find prints. Understand the differences between powders and why one powder cannot enhance them all. Understand the importance of elimination prints and have a go at taking fingerprints from someone in your group.
ON CAMPUS ACTIVITY
This event includes a number of interactive talks and workshops that will give students an insight into the range of opportunities that arise from pursuing a degree in Biology, Biomedical Science, Medical Sciences and International Wildlife Biology.
Students will have the opportunity to visit our multiroom Crime Scene Investigation Facility and take part in practical activities in our impressive Forensic Science laboratories.
Please note: Forensic Science events are aimed at students studying A-level Biology or Chemistry or Level 3 BTEC Applied Science. Forensic Investigation events are suitable for all other Level 3 qualifications