Working with schools

We work with local schools to deliver everything from work experience placements to inspiring talks and interactive learning experiences.

Work Experience

‌Arranging a placement

We offer work experience placements to students aged 16+ and do our best to accommodate all requests. If you are interested in applying for a placement with us then please visit the University's Work Experience webpages for further information and send a completed application form to our coordinator Dr Debbie Howarth.

Science Summer School

We ran a structured week-long Science Summer School in July 2015 and 2016 for students aged 16-19.
During the week students:

• Gained experience of the different types of infectious diseases research we do
• met world-class academics and researchers
• developed practical skills in our cutting edge laboratories
• joined other 16-19 students with similar interests.

The Summer School was a great success and we hope to run it again in 2017. Read more...

Nuffield Research Placements

We regularly host students as part of the national Nuffield Research Placements scheme. The scheme particularly encourages students who don't have a family history of going to university or who attend schools in less well-off areas. Students' travel costs are covered and some students may also be eligible for an additional weekly bursary. Applications must be made through the scheme, but if you are interested in having your placement with us then please contact us.


School Outreach

‌STEM Ambassadors

Many of our researchers volunteer as  STEM Ambassadors and get involved in a huge range of activities with local schools, such as giving talks and running workshops at school science clubs.

Widening participation

We support the University's Widening Participation team who work with local schools to inspire, engage and enable pupils who would not traditionally consider higher education, to fulfil their potential. We have delivered workshops for campus visits, provided student mentors and hosted a Science Christmas Lecture for primary schools.

Big Bang Fair North West

Each year we take part in the North West's biggest science fair for schools. The fair is attended by over 6,000 pupils and gives them the chance to meet real scientists and engineers from local industry and universities. Highlights of recent years include:

2015 - Bitten by the Bug
2014 - Agents of F.L.U