About Merck BioReliance
Merck BioReliance Contract Testing Services (CTS) is the leading provider of contract services in the biopharmaceutical industry, supporting every phase of the testing, development and manufacturing process. Clients include producers of traditional pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals and other products, as well as biopharmaceuticals. We are a leading provider of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) testing services for the development of therapeutics. At Merck we are incredibly passionate about highlighting the impact STEM education can make on healthcare and local communities. We strive to foster an interest in STEM from an early age and aspire to ignite a love for STEM within future generations of Scientists. Merck is continually expanding and pushing the boundaries of BioSafety testing. On a daily basis, BioReliance CTS generate multiple large data sets to assess bacterial and viral contaminants that may be present in client and patient samples. From automation to sequencing and rapid molecular methods, Merck strives to ensure our workforce have the skills required to continue to deliver the cutting-edge work performed within Scotland’s Life Sciences sector.
The SSPP will involve a two-day placement at Merck BioReliance in Glasgow on the 9th and 10th May 2023. Delegates will be given practical insights into how Merck BioReliance perform lab methods through practical training in aseptic techniques, analysis of GMP studies and the impact to medicines, patients and gene products. Delegates will be given a complete overview of a Contract Testing Services Company to understand the skills required for careers in STEM and the Life Sciences industry.
Delegates will document their experiences via their own and SSERC social media channels to provide a real-time account of the placement. Later in the academic year, delegates and a representative from Merck BioReliance will meet at SSERC for a Collaboration Day to:
- Produce a guidance document for Merck BioReliance to support potential future Nuffield Research Placements.
- Develop a learner resource that connects the biology curriculum to the STEM workplace, e.g. “A Day in the Life of…” This will be shared with the teaching community to widen the impact of your experience.
- Outline areas of the curriculum that can be enhanced by incorporating key learning points from the placement experience.
The specific target group for delegates will be those who are in, or aspiring to, leadership positions within their schools/colleges. Applications are encouraged from STEM or DYW leads, or educators from centres delivering the SQA Skills for Work courses, e.g. National 5 Health Sector or Laboratory Science.
The Biochemical Society have provided funding for this programme. Delegates will be reimbursed travel expenses and staffing costs to support external staff cover requirements. Accommodation is not provided as this is not a residential course.
Delegate application process
An online information session will take place on Tuesday 31st January 2023 (16.00 – 16.30) to provide details of the programme. The session will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend. The closing date for applications with be Friday 24th March 2023 and applicants will be informed of selection decisions no later than 31st March 2023. Applicants should have the approval and support of their line manager and headteacher.
Team link for online information session: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_M2FiMWU4NmItMDBjYy00NWMxLWEyOTEtNjc5ZjA1NWUyODNi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22aa8b9494-cb34-48ba-bf3f-227694ed07ae%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%223bbcb16d-d361-4bf4-bb84-4f3316b5423c%22%7d
For further information, please contact Annie McRobbie at SSERC.