•   Post-16 Learners

Subject Spotlight: Biology – Microbes and The Mind

Event providers: The University of Manchester

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Have you ever felt the sensation of butterflies in your stomach before doing something scary, or told someone you have a “gut feeling” about something? There’s a good reason for these sayings, and the explanation may surprise you. The gut-brain axis is a term we use to describe how the brain communicates with the gut, and vice versa. This workshop will explore the microbes that live in our guts and the surprising effects they can have on mental health and brain function.

Booking a Subject Spotlight

The University of Manchester’s Subject Spotlight workshops are a range of higher education subject taster workshops presented by University of Manchester PhD students. These pre-recorded digital workshops provide learners with an in-depth insight into a subject which can be studied at university. When you book a Subject Spotlight workshop you will receive everything you need to deliver this workshop in your own classroom using minimal classroom resources. To support you in delivering this workshop, you will be sent a lesson plan and a pre-recorded video presentation with clear points of where to pause the video to allow learners to complete group tasks. When delivered in full these workshops will fill approximately one lesson (~45-60 mins).


  • Pre-recorded video presented by a University of Manchester PhD student
  • Lesson plan
  • Learner evaluation forms

Event Age Groups IconY12, Y13

On Request

Pre-recorded workshop, Q&A - on request

Pre-recorded workshop

Gatsby benchmark 7

RPF learner outcomes LO1 LO2 LO5

Booking info

On the Booking Form, please select the date and time that you plan to undertake this workshop with your learners. We need this information to make arrangements for you to receive the digital workshop resources in time for your planned session. Please state in the 'Further Information' section whether you would like to book a live Q&A session, state your preferred date and time, and add any additional information that you think may help to organise the session.