Antimicrobial Resistance: Raising Awareness and Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

  • Catherine Emily Rowland University of Warwick
  • Anna York University of Warwick


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a major threat to modern medicine and has a wider socio-economic impact worldwide. Public awareness is a key priority in decreasing the burden of AMR, and so we describe the development and execution of ‘Antibiotic Awareness’, a workshop for key stage 3 (KS3) pupils delivered by researchers from the University of Warwick. The workshop aimed to highlight the importance of antibiotic resistance, in addition to providing a novel opportunity for students to engage with scientists in this widening participation project. The session was one hour, comprising an introductory talk, three activities and a plenary question and answer session. The workshop was delivered to 233 students, in two schools, and complemented the KS3 curriculum. The workshop was assessed on three criteria; student responses to questions (at the end of the session and in a two month follow-up), student feedback, and teacher feedback. Overall, 88% of students felt that we ‘had done a good job’. Immediately after the workshop, the majority were able to define antibiotic resistance and answer plenary questions. However, at follow-up, retention was low. The initial delivery of the workshop indicated that it was informative and engaging, but also identified opportunities for improvement.

Author Biographies

Catherine Emily Rowland, University of Warwick
PhD student in Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences
Anna York, University of Warwick
PhD student in Biochemistry, Schook of Life Sciences


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How to Cite
ROWLAND, Catherine Emily; YORK, Anna. Antimicrobial Resistance: Raising Awareness and Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists. Warwick Journal of Education - Transforming Teaching, [S.l.], v. 1, p. 12-25, june 2017. ISSN 2515-0510. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2017.
Critical Reflections


Antibiotic Resistance; Key Stage 3; Outreach; Science; STEM; Workshop