Press Release

30 September 2013

Canterbury Christ Church University's Medway Campus is hosting a series of Health and Science master classes for local secondary schools.

The classes are supported by local businessman and Group President of the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery, Franz Dickmann, and Dr Phyllis Holt, Consultant Cardiologist. They have donated £3,000 to the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care to support the series which is aimed at students in years 12 and 13. The master classes are designed to complement post-GCSE curricula, help students put their theoretical knowledge into practice and introduce them to the university experience.

This academic year’s master classes will cover the Nervous System where students will test each other’s spinal and brain reflexes to understand how these responses have clinical relevance as well gaining a greater understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the eye and ear.

The Respiratory System, where students will carry out a variety of respiratory measurements on themselves to explore the concept of airways resistance, the work of breathing and conditions that can influence these. 

The master class on Kidneys will explore the students’ knowledge of the renal system and get them to test samples to report on the handling of glucose, the role of the kidneys in regulating the pH of blood and the role of the kidneys in fluid balance.

Food and Nutrition will get students to think about the energy (calorific) values of different foods using sample foods and drinks. Students will then measure their own height and weight and calculate their Body Mass Index (BMI), using their results to discuss healthy ranges and limitations of using BMI as a nutritional assessment tool.

Control Systems is an introductory discussion exploring the concept of control systems within the body, and how they contribute to health. This class will focus on thermoregulation and fluid balance and students will record their core temperature and use class data to explore the concept of thermoregulation, examining why it is essential that core temperature is tightly controlled and the physiological mechanisms that underpin this regulation in health; as well as looking at the effects of dehydration and over-hydration.

Each master class lasts for 2 hours and can hold a maximum of 15 students. The classes are flexible and can be tailor made to meet your students’ needs, ages and abilities. Dates are available from October 2013 to May 2014.

If you are interested in finding out more about our master classes, please contact Karen Barylski on 01634 894450 or email





Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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