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Faculty staff awarded Widening Participation grants

Staff in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have been awarded grants from the Widening Participation (WP) Department, to support projects that demonstrate ability to contribute to the university’s widening participation strategy and aims.

Dr Gillian Sales, curator of the Museum of Life Sciences and the Teaching Department of Anatomy have been jointly awarded a grant for their project ‘Inspiring Aspiration in Science’. This project will develop science-based teaching resources for 10-14 year olds to use in the Museum of Life Sciences, alongside delivering a series of workshops to pupils in years 7-9.

The Outreach for Medicine team have been awarded a grant for their Primary Schools Programme. The WP award will enable them to extend their school-based workshops into local primary schools, engaging them with games, quizzes and basic clinical skills.

Dr Maddy Parsons from the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics will receive support for the ‘King’s STARS Programme. The Division will work with Access Work Placements to select sixth form students from schools with low progression to university to take part in a one week, intensive lab-based work experience placement. Guided by a PhD student facilitator, they will perform tissue cultures of cancer cells, isolate and analyse DNA, clone DNA and examine cancer tissues like a pathologist.

In addition to financial support, award holders receive support from the Widening Participation Department to deliver activity, including support with evaluation, engaging schools and young people and space for activity on campus. All the projects will be delivering their activities during 2015/16 academic year.

You can find out more about the university’s Widening Participation activities by visiting their website.