UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Ongoing Outreach Programme at North Hertfordshire College

31 January 2023

In December 2022, the Vax-Hub Outreach team visited North Hertfordshire College in Stevenage to deliver a masterclass on vaccines and biochemical engineering to final-year students in Applied and Forensic science.

North Hertfordshire College pupils

This activity was part of an ongoing School Outreach Programme in collaboration with the college, a project which aims to introduce students to vaccine bioprocessing and inspire the next generation of bio-scientists. 

This workshop provided an overview on vaccines – comprising interactive activities aimed at exploring different types of vaccine technologies – followed by an introduction to the basics of biochemical engineering – with discussion of the steps involved in vaccine production (from upstream to downstream to formulation) and of the various engineering challenges in bringing a final product to the clinic.

This activity was followed by a Vax-Hub-funded visit to the exhibition Injecting Hope at the Science Museum, where students had the opportunity to learn more about different vaccine technologies, vaccine development and production, clinical studies and supply chain challenges across the globe. 

Future activities with this group will include practical classes to be held at the College and UCL to allow the students to gain first hand experience in vaccine manufacture.

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