Talks for secondary
These talks have been specifically designed with secondary students in mind.
We'll continue to add to these resources over time.
Why study presentations
Hear from two students about the benefits of studying a medical degree and some of the key things to consider.
Teachers can download supporting worksheets and answers (PDF, 853KB) for this talk.
Have you ever felt the sensation of butterflies in your stomach before doing something scary, or told someone you have a “gut feeling” about something? There’s a good reason for these sayings, and the explanation may surprise you.
The gut-brain axis is a term we use to describe how the brain communicates with the gut, and vice versa. This workshop will explore the microbes that live in our guts and the surprising effects they can have on mental health and brain function.
Teachers can access a lesson plan below, and teachers and pupils can view the quiz as well as the answer sheet:
- Download lesson plan (PDF, 488KB)
- Download the quiz (Word, 39KB)
- Download the quiz answers (PDF, 420KB)
This recorded workshop delivered by PhD student Katie Sadler starts with an introduction into DNA, genetics, and how changes to our genes can result in changes to proteins and sometimes cause disease.
After the short introductory lesson, students are invited to make different paper plane models alongside the demonstration. Each model has a slightly different set of instructions which represent a different type of genetic mutation that might occur in our genes. By comparing the plane models we can observe how changing building instructions can change the outcome in different ways.
This workshop is aimed at KS3/GCSE students and can be done at home or facilitated in a classroom. A teacher could put students into groups which make each type of plane model. The only equipment required is paper and a pen.
Alina McLellan delivers a workshop exploring forensic linguistics and how this process can help solve criminal cases.
- Download supporting lesson plan (PDF, 469KB).
This workshop explores the idea of competing human rights and the situations in which this might exist. It encourages pupils to think about the challenges involved in trying to balance different people’s rights and to consider what factors might influence someone’s opinion on how this should be done.
Teachers can access a lesson plan, teacher worksheet and activity support sheet pupils can access their worksheet:
- Download lesson plan (PDF, 489KB)
- Download teacher worksheet (Word, 217KB)
- Download activity support sheet (PDF, 516KB)
- Download pupil worksheet (PDF, 508KB)
In this workshop students will learn about the first aid training provided to medical students to give them a taster of what it is like to study Medicine. Students will find out about how medical students are taught to deal with unexpected situations. For example, how to respond to an unresponsive patient and how to deal with someone choking.
Please note that this workshop is a higher education subject taster session into Medicine and is not formal first aid training. Teachers can download the following supporting worksheets:
- Worksheet and Infosheet - How to save a life (PDF, 1.10MB)
- Lesson plan - How to save a life (PDF, 504KB)
- Answer sheet - How to save a life (PDF, 906KB)
The Stroke Strikes Fast workshop talks about the two main types of stroke, the effects a stroke could have, available therapy and ongoing research. It incorporates two group activities that can also be run individually which look at stroke effects and life-style interventions to minimise the risk of a stroke.
It should provide students with general knowledge about stroke and the research done in this field, hoping to excite students about science and medicine.
Teachers can download a lesson plan below:
- Download the lesson plan (PDF, 485KB)
Have you ever heard your name in a conversation you weren't listening to or caught something before you realised it was falling?
This workshop introduces you to the complexities and mysteries of the unconscious brain. Learn how it is continually taking in information, computing the details rapidly and even editing reality.
Teachers can access a lesson plan:
- Download lesson plan (PDF, 489KB)
Did you know that whales used to walk on land? The giants of the sea we know today are all descended from a group of small land mammals that looked like deer. Fossils from these animals are hugely important to palaeontologists, giving us an insight into the lives of species that went extinct nearly 50 million years ago.
In this workshop, a palaeontologist takes you through their work reconstructing how these fascinating creatures lived – and gives you a chance to examine some whale fossils yourself.
Teachers can access a lesson plan, and teachers and pupils can view the whale evolution worksheet:
Join Matthew Wray Perry for this interesting and challenging workshop exploring the concept and application of human rights; and whether similar rights should be extended to animals and the consequences of such actions. Pupils can complete a workshop during the workshop:
- Download worksheet (Word, 45KB)
Teachers can download the supporting lesson plan and worksheet:
Ioana Mosneag, a PhD Student in Neuroscience usually researches drugs for stroke (brain attacks) and the blood vessels in the brain. But, she also has a passion for space medicine and has created a workshop to shar some of the amazing facts about space and research.
Zoe Cumberpatch, PhD Student, has developed this workshop through which Zoe will help you find out about different type of rocks and how they are formed.
Additional resources: Workshop guide.
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Student life talks
Hear from our undergraduates about what student life is like.