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Visiting the laboratories and offices of researchers can be a great way to demystify scientific research and showcase the various ways students can be involved with the medical sciences. Both The Oxford Vaccine Group (based in the Department of Paediatrics) and the MRC Brain Dynamics Network Unit (Department of Pharmacology) run annual structured days for school visits. The Oxford Vaccine Group offers a one day summer workshop for year 12 students studying A-level sciences which takes them through the process of vaccine development, and the MRC BNDU holds an annual Schools’ Open Day each March to coincide with Brain Awareness week. Aimed at year 10-12 pupils, on this day local secondary schools are invited to the Unit to see medical research for themselves and take part in practical activities, such as using microscopes to spot different types of nerve cell. Find out more.

Many other departments also invite both primary and secondary schools to visit their laboratories, facilities, and buildings. The following departments in the Medical Sciences are happy to host visiting schools - please contact the Divisional Public Engagement Co-ordinator (naomi.gibson@medsci.ox.ac.uk) if you are interested in arranging a visit.