More than 100 visiting students get science and technology taster

6 July 2018 11:24
Science and Technology Taster Days give an insight into studying at a top university
Science and Technology Taster Days give an insight into studying at a top university

More than 100 students from 15 different schools and colleges were welcomed to Lancaster University’s campus to take part in the 14th annual Year 12 Science and Technology Taster Day.

The day is designed to support and inform the decisions students will be making in the near future about attending university, providing them with an insight into what it could be like to study a Science and Technology subject at a top ten ranked university.

On Thursday 28th June students and teachers were given a tour of campus by current Lancaster University students, and were formally welcomed to the day by Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr Chris Edwards.

The Year 12 students also took part in two different taster sessions within Lancaster’s highly-rated Faculty of Science and Technology, and met and worked with academics and PhD students across all Science and Technology subjects, from Environmental and Earth Sciences to Psychology.

In addition, a talk delivered by a Science and Technology graduate provided an insight into student life, from accommodation to finance, and current Lancaster students were on hand to answer any questions from the visitors.

Dr Alan Darragh, Faculty Senior Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager, said: “We have been running the Science and Technology Taster Day for 14 years and it provides a great opportunity for school pupils to experience what it might be like to study STEM subjects at University.

“We are aware that these subjects are often seen as difficult at school and at the same time we have a shortage of engineers and top scientists from across the disciplines, both here in the UK and around the globe. We need engaged and bright students to keep studying into Higher Education so that they can play a significant role in solving the problems of today and those of the future.”

The schools taking part this year were: Barrow Sixth Form College, Blackpool Sixth Form, Cardinal Newman College, Cheadle Hulme School, Heckmondwike Grammar School, Heysham High School, Holy Cross College, Kirkbie Kendal School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Ripley St Thomas Academy, Runshaw College, Sir John Deane’s College, The Lakes School and Warwick School.

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