I'm starting BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences, in October. I'm doing the Biology and Health Sciences pathway.
I was wondering what past OU science graduates have gone on to do. Are there many who have gone on to work as scientists?
Also I'm a little worried I wont have much/any lab experience, compared to people who graduate from 'normal' universities.
I'm trying to track down some examples for you, I know we have some science graduate stories somewhere! In the meantime, here's some info from the OU Careers Advisory Service about the employability of science grads: http://www.open.ac.uk/careers/science.php
Good luck with your studies!
Robyn Bateman (member of the Platform team)
Thanks Robyn! Any luck finding those science graduate stories?
hi james, i would like to know this and have the same concerns about lab experience. i'd like work in research but it seems dificult to get into. i was going to as if i could shadow lab technicians at a local secondary school because it is the closest thing i can think of!
That was a good idea about asking to shadow lab technicians. I got in touch with my old tutor from college, and she said they do have people on placements with their lab techs, and told me to get in touch when I'm ready to do it. So that's good news! I'd imagine it's quite common, so it's worth trying.
Below are a few I've found
Yvonne (Platform team)
Two previous OU Life Sciences research students include:
the writer and broadcaster, Stephen Murgatroyd,
and the Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy, Brian Pearce (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy/people/StaffProfiles/pearce_b_profile)
Many research departments here at the OU take on work experience students. You should write to the relevant department if you're interested in doing some unpaid work experience, helping out our academic teams with their research.