This course provides science teachers and technicians with the opportunity to enter a working research laboratory and develop their practical immunology skills. At the end of the course teachers will be able to reproduce the BioGrad immunology lesson plans or use their new skills to develop their own practical sessions.
During the course teachers work see how antibodies are produced in the laboratory, then design and perform their own ELISA tests. The course is taught in small groups and covers practical training in the below areas.
In addition to the practical experience, teachers and technicians leave the laboratory with a range of immunology and biotechnology themed practical lesson plans, plus the opportunity to purchase the reagents required for delivering these practicals at their own schools.
Liverpool Science Park
BioGrad’s state of the art laboratories are centrally located, adjacent to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and within 7 minutes’ walk of both Central and Lime Street Train Stations.
Mount Pleasant car park 4 minutes’ walk from the laboratory and costs £4 per day.
Attendees should report to the main reception on Mount Pleasant (at the bottom of the Cathedral steps) upon arrival at the Science Park.
10am - 3:30pm
Clothing and Equipment
Attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes (ensuring legs and feet are covered when in the laboratory). We advise layered clothing as it can become warm when wearing a lab coat and gloves all day.
All personal protective equipment is provided during the course however attendees should bring a note book for recording their results.
This course offers practical microbiology skills and we expect that attendees understand the theory behind these techniques before they attend. Teachers are expected to have experience using basic laboratory equipment including micro pipettes and experience following UK H&S policies including Risk Assessments and COSHH.
The 1 day laboratory skills short course can act as a pre-curser for those who need a laboratory refresher.
Refreshments, lunch and snacks are provided during the course. Vegetarian options are provided as standard however please inform BioGrad of any additional dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Attendees wishing to bring their own food or snacks have access to a fridge and microwave during the course, plus a break room containing vending machines and TV should they wish to dine separately.
All payments are taken securely with PayPal. All major debit and credit cards are accepted so you don’t need a PayPal account.
Practical Immunology and Biotechnology Teaching Kit:
We recommend that schools purchase the competitively priced Immuno-Explorer Kit from Bio-Rad to support teaching ELISA’s and biotechnology to KS5 students.
Career Development workshops
We see many graduates with a degree that does not support them in their chosen career, or graduates that enter one kind of research only to realise that it does not meet their expectations. Our career development workshops aim to engage with KS4 and KS5 students available BEFORE they make their decision on which A-Level courses or undergraduate programmes to attend.
BioGrad scientists will visit your school to offer a half-day workshop called ‘what do scientists REALLY do all day?’, to give accurate information on the job roles available and the pathways into each of these roles. After the morning workshop students may book 1:1 meetings with the scientists to answer any further questions.
There is no limitation on the number of students attending the workshop however schools should provide a suitable room with facilities to deliver a presentation, plus rooms for 1:1 meetings.
Cost: £1,299 + VAT
Changes in course dates are dependent upon availability and must be made more than 28 days before course start date. All deposits are non-refundable.