Biology subject

Biology Activities for Schools and Colleges

All sessions will be delivered online this term

Wednesday 25th November | 6 to 8pm 

Online Event – Booking here

Suitable for Level 3 and Year 12/13 Students 

This taster event may be of interest to your students who are interested in Medical, Science, Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy courses and who might not have considered Chiropractic as an option before. The event cover the role of the Chiropractor, an introduction to Neurology and Anatomy. As well as personal statement and application support hosted by our Student Recruitment Team. The event will conclude with a panel of lecturer Leon Yandle and undergraduate Master of Chiropractic students answering questions about their experience including insight into clinic placements.

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.

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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.

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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.

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In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to examine a variety of anatomical models – from basics like the body cavities and skeleton to more specialist models, such as bone development or joint models.  This workshop will be a good revision session for students working ‘Physiology of Body Systems’ or any of the optional anatomy & physiology modules.

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Have you ever wondered how babies grow, what giving birth is like, and how often newborns really eat?  In this talk, we’ll explore the timing of foetal development, the process of parturition (birth), and neonatal development.

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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.

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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.

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Humans have two very unique anatomical traits: we have big brains, and we walk on two legs.  These two factors have led to a suite of unique body features.  We’ll talk about why childbirth is so painful for humans, why people and other primates can see in 3D, and why giraffes don’t get varicose veins.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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