The role of the ambassador during HCS week 2013

Students at science fair

12 / 03 / 2013

Sandra Richards is a biomedical scientist and healthcare science ambassador, who for years has promoted careers in healthcare science at local schools and events.

In this shared learning example Sandra shares details of her current promotional activities, specifically her role at the Big Bang Fair 2013 as a careers advisor.

What we are doing and why

At this years Big Bang Fair Sandra Richards will be a 'careers advisor', manning a desk using a 'speed dating' style session where students have two minutes with each advisor to ask questions. The session is run throughout the day, giving all students an opportunity to participate.

Generally the children who attend these events already like science and are thinking about a career in it. They typically however do not know about the various science careers the NHS has to offer, nor the grades they require or the various routes and training pathways available.

How we plan to do it

To ensure the 'speed dating' is as successful as last year, Sandra plans to take along various lab props to engage students which include slides, tissues and molten wax. It can be difficult to explain elements of what scientists do without being able to see or touch something.

Results and next steps

Last year the event received really positive feedback, with strong engagement from students and their parents. Sandra hopes this year to repeat the success of last year, to help children realise the various healthcare science careers available and to walk away feeling positive that a career in science is within their reach.

Tips for other organisations

  • Take props as the children love to feel and touch things.
  • Take along branded merchandise and 'goodies' which the children can take away.
  • Be gross as the children love gross!

The organisation

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) is one of the largest acute teaching trusts in the UK, with a national and international reputation for the excellence of its services and its role in teaching and research.


Sandra Richards, Biomedical Scientist  

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