Members of the MRC BNDU are involved with a wide variety of outreach activities throughout the year, from visiting schools and participating in science festivals to hosting patient groups and work-experience placements in the labs.
The MRC BNDU is keen to facilitate understanding of what researchers do (and how they do it), ultimately working towards a culture where increased dialogue means that society can benefit more fully from scientific research outcomes. We are eager to help attract as many school pupils and University students as possible into careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In particular, given the sparseness of computational modelling groups in the UK, we welcome University student placements in this area of research.
Case studies of some of our recent outreach activities are profiled here. Our website News page features more examples of the Unit’s outreach activities. For more information about our outreach programme, please contact Professor Peter Magill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Both the Medical Research Council and the University of Oxford have signed up to the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research, which outlines the expectations and responsibilities of research funders with respect to public engagement.
Please note that, for work-experience placements in a lab-based environment, the Unit can only host persons who are 16 years of age or older at the start of the work experience period.