Educational Activities


We want the next generation of researchers, doctors, geneticists and project managers to come and study or work with us! The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre runs Sixth Form Open Days where local A-level students can come and experience a day in the life of our team. We hope they are inspired by the ground-breaking work that goes on!

We offer hands-on experiments and mini-lectures. There is the chance to discuss rare neuromuscular diseases with people who live with them every day, the doctors who treat them and the researchers who are trying to find better therapies.

If you are a school who would like to find out more, please email Cathy Turner.

UK coordination for neuromuscular clinical trials

A chance for A level students interested in study or a career in medical science to find out more about what we do

  • Taster lectures
  • Ethical debate
  • Career advice
  • Talk to people who live with rare diseases
  • Hands on lab sessions

Work Experience


If you are wondering what it would be like to work at the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre (JWMDRC), then a work experience placement may be perfect for you. Our work experience placements allow a person to work within the JWMDRC for a specified amount of time, during which they have an opportunity to learn directly about working life and the working environment within their chosen field. You can learn more about the different roles we have within the JWMDRC by looking at our different strand sections, alternatively please feel free to contact us to learn more.

In order to make an application, we must be contacted by the student or their parent, School, College or Higher Education (HE) institute. It would be most suitable to email us at [email protected]

We will require the following information in order to process your application:

  • Student full name
  • Date of birth
  • Date(s) of placement
  • Area of interest and why
  • What they hope to gain from the placement
  • Home address
  • School name and address
  • Head of year or head of careers at School
  • School Work experience form and/or letter

This information will only be shared with the relevant staff within the university to ensure we can accommodate the placement. We will then aim to be back in contact to confirm your placement within 4 weeks.

If you wish to receive more information regarding work experience placements, please contact us on [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.

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