Nowgen (A Centre for Genetics in Healthcare) aims to make genetics engaging and accessible to the public. The Granada Foundation grant has enabled us to run 35 laboratory workshops for schools across the north west region. This will allow over 800 A-level students to use research-quality equipment to analyse their own DNA. The grant will also support 10 bursaries from schools in disadvantaged areas. These workshops fit into a diverse programme of activities that Nowgen runs to facilitate dialogue and partnership between researchers and the wider public. Nowgen is part of the National Institute for Health Research Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and we are partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester.