Drug Discovery and Development: Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom RB468 / E01

Start date
10 Mar 16
1 Day
Borough Bridge High School, Wetherby Road, Boroughbridge, York YO51 9JX How to find us


Research Councils UKDrug Development and Discoveries - Microbial Resistance - New Antibiotics from Soil - schools working with researchers

Antimicrobial resistance is a major threat to human health in the future, as antibiotics once central to treatment of disease become ineffective due to microbial mutation.

The first part of this course will bring you up to date with current research: what issues face the world, and ways we are trying to address these, lead by Dr. James Chong of the University of York.

In the second part Colin Inglis, (teacher at Boroughbridge High School) and his pupils will describe how they have brought cutting edge research into the classroom, working with the Society of General Microbiology through their Small World Initiative.
Finally you will have the opportunity to try out some of the activities for yourself, and have a chance to reflect on how you could use these and similar research opportunities in your own school.


  • Dr James Chong, University of York Biology Dept
  • Mr Colin Inglis, teacher working with Society of General Microbiology and University of York on new antibiotic research in his school
  • Students from Boroughbridge High School involved in the research

Outline of afternoon:

1:00 lunch
1:30 Introductions
2:00 Cutting Edge Research - the current position in microbial resistance research and the search for new antibiotics
3:15  How a school has been involved with the university in the search for new antimicrobial materials
4:45 Tea/ coffee
5:00 A chance for participants to try out activities that students have engaged with,
6:00 Teacher discussions on how ideas from the course might be taken back to their schools, next steps.


Participants will be able to:

  • develop and update their knowledge by engaging with scientists and educators involved in antimicrobial resistance research
  • improve their awareness of how to make students more aware of what goes on in STEM research
  • identify strategies to engage their students in meaningful STEM research with STEM partners from the wider world


Drug Discovery and Development: Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom10 March 201613:00-18:30Boroughbridge High School


Research Councils UK 


Thanks to funding from the Research Councils UK, all CPD which is part of the Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom programme qualifies for a bursary.

State funded schools, colleges or universities in the UK can benefit from this funding for teachers, technicians and those on Initial Teacher Training (ITT).


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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£210.00 +VATSubsidy available*£180.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£435.00 +VAT

Teachers or technicians working in state-funded schools or colleges in the UK are eligible for these subsidies which can be used to contribute to covering the cost of course fees, supply cover, travel, accommodation, or equipment for your school. Find out more.

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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