We run a number of different activities

Topics include 'Evolution and Extinction', ‘Climate Change', ‘Infectious Disease’ and ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ and involve a number of laboratory workshops, talks, demonstrations and even the famous exploding jelly baby firework!

Our work with schools and colleges


In Biosciences, we are heavily involved with the University's programme of activities for schools, running a variety of exciting events for GCSE and A level students.

A particular highlight is our flagship ‘Britain Needs Scientists’ event for year 12 and 13 students, which aims to inspire budding young scientists to pursue a career in science. Furthermore, we can offer a range of workshops and partnerships with local schools.

The information below highlights some of the activities that we run at our Streatham campus in Exeter. For information on outreach events at our Penryn campus, please visit their webpages.

If you have any questions about the activities we run, or about how your school can get involved please email the Outreach team.


We can offer a range of workshops and hands-on-science sessions to school groups visiting the University, and on occasion we can bring these workshops to your school.

These sessions will be tailored for the needs of the groups attending and can be offered on a wide range of topics. Indicative subject areas include DNA & genomic technologies, infectious diseases & antibiotic resistance, climate change & environmental science and the role of synthetic chemistry in drug design.

If you are interested, please email the Outreach team for further details.

Partnerships with schools

We are always interested to hear from schools who want to develop closer partnerships with Biosciences at the University of Exeter.

We have experience of successfully securing funding to work with local schools from organizations such as the Sutton Trust, the Royal Society and the Microbiology Society (formerly the Society for General Microbiology, SGM). Previous projects have ranged from antibiotic discovery to the production of biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.

If you are interested in developing a partnership with Biosciences, please email the Outreach team for further details.