Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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Outreach and public activities

Outreach encompasses a range of activities for the public that are aimed at engaging the public with the cutting-edge research into all elements of drug discovery in our Department and encouraging participation in undergraduate study of pharmacy and pharmacology. As a Department we believe it is important to reach out to our local community with the aim of increasing public understanding of, and support for, drug discovery research.

Activities for Schools

Visits to schools

Visits to schools/colleges can be arranged on request. Staff have visited schools to talk about the cutting- edge research in our Department e.g. in drug discovery in cancer or brain research. Staff in our Department can also talk to schools about what it is like to study pharmacology and pharmacy at University, as well as potential career opportunities for graduates in these subjects. Please contact our Outreach and Widening Participation Officer to arrange a visit to your school: Lorenzo Caggiano

Visits to the University

The Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology takes part in the annual University Open Day for students who are thinking about coming to study at the University of Bath. These are held in June and September. For all enquiries about University Open Day and admissions for undergraduate study in our Department please contact or see admissions information

Pharmaceutical Science Days

The Department provides an overview of pharmacy, with talks and demonstrations of analytical techniques, e.g. for caffeine and paracetamol, in a research laboratory. Please contact the Widening Participation Office to discuss these opportunities

Apps for 6th Formers

The Department is currently developing apps to help students see what pharmacology and pharmacy are all about at undergraduate level. The content (such as slides, quizzes and video) will be created by first-year undergraduates who will be empathetic with the requirements of the 6th formers. The project is a collaboration between our Department, Physics Department, the Widening Participation Office and the Students Union, and it is hoped to evaluate the app in local schools in summer 2015. For further information about app development please see our blog.

Activities for the general public 

Bath Taps into Science

Bath Taps into Science

Bath Taps into Science is an annual Science Fair held in Bath to promote public awareness of research at the University of Bath. This year the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology contributed a stand on the subject of Antibiotic Awareness (please see our poster).

A series of hands-on activities were used to highlight the serious public health threat associated with untreatable infections as well as the cutting edge research the Department is doing to combat this problem. For more information on Bath Taps into Science see the Bath Taps web page.

Art of the Brain

Science meets art at the opening of the Art of the Brain exhibition

Scientists in our Department have been working with a local artist to create a sci-art exhibition. Stephen Magrath’s colourful, touching and even humorous paintings, drawings and installations are the artist’s response to what he has discovered about the workings of the brain and how dysfunction is manifested in depression, drug addiction and Alzheimer’s disease.

Stephen has visited the University over the last year to discuss the latest developments in brain research with scientists Sarah Bailey, Chris Bailey, Stephen Husbands, Roland Jones and Denise Taylor. The exhibition was open to the public from 6-25th March at Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute (BRLSI) in Bath city centre.

As part of the project, Prof Roland Jones gave a free public lecture entitled: Looking at the brain: Brain scans and brain waves. In this talk Roland explained how recent research into the working of the brain can be used to develop new drug treatments.

Further information on "The Art of the Brain" a sci-art collaborative public engagement project.

Brainwave Workshoppharmballoon

 We held a Brainwave workshop as part of the BRLSI children’s workshop programme. The Brainwave workshop had fun hands-on activities and experiments so that kids could learn more about how their brains work. The next BRLSI “Brainwave” workshop will be 14th March 2015. For further information please visit the BRLSI events page

Pint of Science Festival

Postgraduates in our Department are part of a team organising the Bath events of the Pint of Science Festival on the 19th-21st May 2014, bringing the best cutting-edge research from across the University to pubs across Bath. A series of exciting talks includes contributions from researchers in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, covering topics like erasing unwanted memories (Chris Bailey) and how the brain works (Roland Jones). For further information please visit the Pint of Science website

Public Lectures

Staff in our Department have contributed lectures to the General University Lecture Programme (GULP). If you would like to organise for a member of our staff to talk about their research at your organization we would be happy to work with you. Please contact our Public Engagement Advocate, Sarah Bailey or visit the community lecture page for more information.

Public Engagement

We are constantly looking for new ways to engage with members of the public about our research. If you would like to develop an activity in conjunction with our Department please contact our Public Engagement Advocate Sarah Bailey