Volunteering opportunities

Want to get involved in public engagement but don't know where to start? Why not consider participating in events organised by the College. These are an excellent way to enhance your communication skills and inspire future generations. Please get in touch to find out more or show your interest.

Careers talks in schools for NHS70

We’re encouraging pathologists around the UK to give a careers talk in a school in June or July. This is part of an initiative being led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in association with Speakers4Schools, and supports the College’s programme of activity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The aim is to develop a programme of school visits by senior health and care staff to talk about their work and to encourage children and young people to work in the NHS.

Speakers would give a talk at a secondary school during June/July.  The ‘logistics’ would be facilitated by Speakers4Schools. But if you would like to take part please email publicengagement@rcpath.org with your name, job title, organisation and location and we will then put you in touch with the team at Speakers4Schools. There are opportunities to give talks in schools throughout the year via this scheme so it doesn’t have to be a one-off! We are keen to help facilitate a real buzz of activity around pathology careers in schools during the NHS70 celebrations; we will be launching our brand new careers resources around that time as the anniversary offers a fantastic platform for highlighting opportunities in pathology to young people.

For more information please get in touch. Further details about the scheme can be found on the Speakers4Schools website.

School Science Conference

  • 18 April, 10:00-15:30
  • University of Westminster
  • 115 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6UW

This interactive conference aims to excite and enthuse London students aged 13 to 16 to study science and to showcase science careers.

There are two ways you can get involved in the School Science Conference: 1: help with facilitating our workshop on organs and organ donation, or 2: by running your own interactive stand, separate to us.


The Royal College of Pathologists will be running an exciting workshop on organs and organ donation. The hour-long workshop will include interactive activities based on our popular organ resource, as well as facilitated group discussions on organ donation, the Human Tissue Act and medical ethics. We are looking for pathologists who would like to help facilitate the workshop, which will be run with three different groups of students between 10:00 and 15:30. Volunteers will receive a full briefing from RCPath staff and from lead facilitators, Professor Mark Wilkinson and Sai Pathmanathan. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided. Please email publicengagement@rcpath.org if you would like to get involved. Please include your full name, job title and mobile phone number.  


Another way you can get involved in the Schools Science Conference on 18 April is by running your own hands-on activity stand. Please note, this is separate to the workshops we will be doing. The conference organisers are looking for pathologists and others working in medicine or biomedical research to carry out hands-on demonstrations that showcase aspects of your career to students on a ‘table-top’ interactive stand.  For information visit the website http://www.science4u.info/. You can then register for your free stand at http://science4u.info/volunteers/.