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 why and how they do it), ultimately working towards a culture where increased dialogue means that society can benefit more fully from research outcomes. We are eager to help attract as many school pupils and University students as possible into education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Case studies of some of our recent outreach activities are profiled here. Our website News webpage features more examples of the Unit’s outreach activities. For more information about our outreach programme, please contact David Dupret (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Natalie Doig (email@example.com).
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.