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Norfolk students take part in "autopsy"

Around 150 students from Suffolk and Norfolk watched and took part as "body parts" were squeezed, poked and dissected during a five-hour workshop at Blackfriars Hall, Norwich. 

The "live autopsy" – using a synthetic human cadaver with swine organs - was run on behalf of Take Your Place, a Government-funded programme that helps young people from underrepresented backgrounds into higher education. 

Thirteen schools and colleges attended the event held, which helped students in a number of ways, including supporting their university applications and learning more about the area they wish to pursue after school.  

Charlotte Wheatland, Assistant Head of Outreach at University of East Anglia, said: “The aim was to inspire young people to pursue their passions. The students, aged from 16 to18, who attended hope to go on to study areas like nursing, medicine, sports sciences and bio-sciences.

“Take Your Place provides in-depth events like these to help young people make informed choices about their options after school. Sessions like the live autopsy expose young people to different styles of learning and help them find and pursue their passions, giving them a taster of university-style learning.”

Leila Malloy, a science teacher and pastoral leader from the Open Academy, said: “It was an amazing, hands-on experience which opened up the students eyes to possible careers in medicine. A thoroughly thought-provoking and eye-opening day.”

Rosie, a City College Norwich student, said: “I wasn’t sure it was going to be my kind of thing but I absolutely loved it. Seeing the stuff we've learnt about in real life, and being able to properly understand how it all fits and works together was amazing - it was one of the most interesting things I've ever done.”

The session was presented by VIVIT, a team clinically trained in human cadaver dissection, with qualified teacher status.