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Public engagement and outreach

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we’ve postponed all on-campus activities and events until further notice.

The Department of Biology offers a wide range of activities for the public and school students of all ages. There are opportunities for school groups to visit the University to experience some hands-on activities and listen to talks, and members of the department go out to run activities in schools and at organised external events.

School visits and outreach

We offer a range of talks and hands-on activities suitable for students of all ages. These include talks about academic research, talks about our programmes and practical sessions both in our laboratories and workshops. For some of the hands-on activities we can lend schools equipment and give detailed instructions to enable teachers to run the activity with their own classes. Depending on availability we may be able to provide a scientist to run the activity. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss arranging an outreach session for your school. Details of University-wide services for schools are available at the University outreach pages. 

Work experience

Year 10/11 Science work experience week  

Experience a week on campus at York, spending time in five departments: Biology, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. This course runs from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July 2020 (10am to 4pm). Find out more information and apply online. 

Other year groups

Each year we receive a large number of requests for work experience placements. Whilst we endeavour to help, the number of opportunities are limited.  We pass on all requests for placements to staff in the Department via our weekly bulletin, staff then respond directly to requests if they are able to help.  Requests for work experience should be made directly to

For York staff: Work experience forms are available on the Biology Wiki site within the 'Useful information, forms and templates' tab, nestled under the 'HR policies and information (A-Z) header’ and ‘Visiting Associates and Work Experience'.

Public engagement

Our staff and students talk about their exciting science at events from scientific conferences to talks to members of the general public.  This includes participating in local events such as the York Festival of Ideas, YorNight and speaking in the Yorkshire Philosophical Society's Cafe Scientifique programme.  Our staff and researchers are also involved in national and international outreach festivals including Soapbox Science and Pint of Science.

Open Lectures at the University of York

We organise a series of Biology Open Lectures each year which address important and topical biological subjects in an accessible manner suitable for lay audiences.

Admission is free and no booking is required. Each of the speakers is both a distinguished scientist and a good communicator. The lectures aim to capture the imagination of everyone interested in biology.

The University also organises a programme of Open Lectures covering a wide diversity of topics.

Contact us

Student Engagement Team

Public engagement and schools outreach 



Dr Adrian Harrison 

Schools liaison for on campus practical lab sessions



Information and directions on how to find the Department of Biology can be found on our contact and find us page. This page includes maps, directions, opening times and Satellite navigation instructions.