4 July 2018
The long standing Aspire Research Day took place again on July 3 for 16 North Somerset students in Year 11 and 12. The programme was first created to give students from schools a taste of academic research where they would normally struggle to secure that kind of opportunity. The students immersed themselves in a lab and spent the day observing and taking part in key practical elements of laboratory research. Students met a range of lab staff who talked about their work, their routes into their current roles and their career aspirations.
Students were hosted in the Biochemistry and CMM labs of Prof Harry Mellor, Dr Caroline McKinnon, Dr Malik and Dr Lane whose PG’s and Post Docs kindly ran experiments and supported the students throughout the day.
One of the students after the event said: “It was amazing, and it has confirmed that I have chosen the right path. I loved the experiment and it has given me a renewed enthusiasm after a long slog with GCSEs. During the experiment, I was really excited by being able to use my knowledge and couldn’t wait to find out the results!”
Dr McKinnon said after the day: "The pupils we had were great, really pleasant and engaged. It was a pleasure to have them."
Any staff or students interested in particpiating in future outreach events please contact Gail Born