Former student Rachael Collins has led a quality assurance workshop with our Year 9 scientists. They worked in small groups with some making card heads while others had to check to see whether there was any contamination with bacteria, which was simulated by dyed flour. Samples were placed on agar plates and examined.
Rachael did an industrial placement as part of her biology degree and she wanted to introduce students to some of the concepts she dealt with. She said: ‘I went to GSK near Durham to a secondary manufacturing site and I worked in quality assurance so we checked to make sure the products were bacteria free. No-one knows what we do in quality assurance so I wanted to show them today what we were doing. I got the students making products and trying not to contaminate them.’
Rachael will use the information gained in her final year coursework before going into a career in business management: ‘I didn’t want to do a lab-based dissertation so I did quite a lot of outreach work so this felt more natural and fun because at least you are doing something useful.’