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NDORMS ran two work experience weeks for eleven Y12 students from local state schools. While they were here they created video diaries about their week.

I really enjoyed learning from experts in cutting edge science
- Work experience student, NDORMS

This July, we welcomed eleven students to the department to find out what it takes to deliver better healthcare to patients worldwide.

Students undertook a wide range of activities including practical sessions, workshops, talks and work shadowing.  They also completed video diaries of their weeks. 

 Above: Work experience students using ultrasound equipment 

Running a student activity was a great opportunity to meet and hopefully inspire students and to give them a taste of what life is like in a lab at a time they're considering various career paths. The students were enthusiastic, which made the experience rewarding.
- Anna Ridley, Postdoctoral Researcher at NDORMS

In both weeks, the students came together with work experience students from NDS to take part in a workshop on surgical trials organised by SITU. Cushla Cooper, who ran the session, said that there were some great discussions with the group about randomised trials. They successfully recruited the NDORMS staff to their trials and dis-proved the theory that dark chocolate enhances your memory!

One of the aims of our work experience programme is to highlight the variety of roles involved in research: from programmers to medical writers, from surgeons to admin support. There are many ways to to contribute to better healthcare worldwide and we hope that is a message our students take with them.

Above: Work experience students in the histology lab


I felt like I was learning whilst also applying knowledge I already have here. - Work experience student, NDORMS

The work experience programme is run every year and recruits students aged 16 and over. We are always on the look out for staff who would like to contribute to the week. If you are interested in finding out more about running an activity during our work experience weeks please contact Natalie Ford.

Applications for NDORMS work experience weeks in summer 2019 will open in November 2018. See our work experience page for more details.  

 Above: Work experience students learning more about clubfoot and global surgery.


Main video: Created by Katy Riggs from the students' video diaries.