Bright Youngsters in Oundle Offered Alternative Work Experience at Global Organisation
20th October 2014

Unique Clinical Trials Support Organisation (CTSO), the Medical Research Network (MRN), has helped a group of bright youngsters experience an alternative medical career by offering a week-long work placement opportunity at its global headquarters in Milton Keynes.


13 A-level students from Oundle and Milton Keynes were put through their paces in a structured and challenging work experience placement, aiming to show the intelligent teens an alternative medical career route, post-University graduation.


Dr Graham Wylie, CEO of the MRN, said: “Our work experience programme is now in its fourth year and growing. Due to the success of last year we’ve welcomed even more students to our offices to learn about an alternative medical career that will place these bright students at the forefront of modern medicine. We hope to support their school education and inspire them in their future careers by demonstrating the broad field in which we work. Each department at the MRN gave a lecture to the young learners, showing them that science careers do not limit them to a life in the lab or working as a GP, but also provide opportunity to work in a range of fields from business strategy and marketing to management.”


The talented youngsters got to grips with the MRN by undertaking mini research projects, working in small teams to design a hypothetical ‘double-blind’ clinical trial, research the best course of treatment for patients and predict outcomes, as well as taking part in workshops and delivering presentations to the MRN team.

Oscar Marshall, 17, a pupil studying Biology, Chemistry, Latin and Maths in the Sixth Form at Oundle School, Northamptonshire recently completed his work experience with the MRN. He said: “I’m looking to study Biochemistry at university next year and the work placement at the MRN has really helped broaden my horizons. It’s shown me an alternative medical career that is pharmaceutical related but not in a lab.”

Commenting on the work experience placement, Henry Robertson, 17, who also studies at Oundle School said: “I’d like to get into the research industry once I graduate, in particular researching genetic diseases. I was aware of clinical trials before I came to the MRN, however my placement has shown me just how big the sector is and I found the MRN’s Home Trial Support model particularly interesting.”


The MRN is the world’s leading provider of home healthcare for patients in clinical trials, specifically aimed at boosting patient recruitment and maximising patient retention.

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