Over the last few years, Alan and Vicky have worked with Burntwood School, which is a girls’ senior school in Wandsworth, South London. A very kind science teacher, Ms Budd, has brought small groups of students in to the lab to help with our research, and in turn we have showed the girls around the lab and talked to them about what it’s like to work in science and in hospitals. We have also had some girls come to us to do work experience. Hosting the group visits and the work experience students is really fun as the girls are enthusiastic and enjoy seeing the workings of a real hospital and research department, and it’s always really interesting to hear their opinions of what we do.
Last week, I asked Ms Budd if she would look at our blog and tell us whether it might be useful for her science classes, and to help her students decide whether they might be interested to do a science job in the future. She very kindly asked her students to look at the blog too and to write down what they thought of it. We were thrilled to see that they found it useful and interesting. The girls also told us what else they’d like to see on the blog, which included things like videos of us doing our research, information on how we use what we find in our research, and more detail of how we publish our results in journals. This information is really useful and we will be trying to add things like this to the blog in the next few weeks. Thank you, Ms Budd and the Burntwood girls, for your enthusiasm and helpful comments.
We are really keen to hear from anyone who wants to understand more about our work. If there’s anything you’d like to see on here, please leave a comment and we will do our best!