•   Post-16 Learners

Subject Spotlight: Biology – Diagnosing Bacterial Infections

Event providers: The University of Manchester

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Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Infectious diseases are estimated to kill over 17 million people worldwide each year. How can we diagnose these infections and ensure the right medication is given to patients? What are the problems with giving the wrong antibiotics to treat an infection? And what are the possible ways in which diagnosing these diseases caused by bacteria could be performed quicker? The workshop will introduce students to bacteria and infection, discussing different types of common infections such as Urinary Tract Infections and Wound Infections, and the symptoms which will come with those infections.

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.