Over the summer of 2017, a group of our year 12 (now year 13) students were selected to take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) placements with the Nuffield Research Foundation. Each student was given the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks undertaking a project with leading academics and researchers at a research intensive organisation, including placements at Russell Group Universities and STEM based companies. Each student produced
an academic report and presented this to experts in the field. Please congratulate our amazing students who took part and who have contributed to the body of knowledge in a variety of academic fields:
Department of Physics, The University of York
Layla’s research placement took place at The University of York where she worked alongside academics in the Department of Physics, on her research which explored ‘Flow Visualisation using Schlieren Optics’. We would also like to congratulate Layla on receiving the first YPS (Yorkshire Philosophical Society) Science Prize for presenting her research at the Yorkshire Museum in York.
Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds
Charlotte’s placement was with LIGHT (Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds. Charlotte’s research project explored insulin-like growth 1 (16F – 1) and its effects on atherosclerosis.
Balfour Beatty, Leeds
Bethany’s placement was with Balfour Beatty, a leading international infrastructure group who develop creative, efficient and innovative infrastructure and construction. Bethany’s research looked at previous flood management projects and how they are carried out to cause as little negative environmental impact as possible.
School of Psychology, University of Leeds
Rebecca was based in the School of Psychology at the University
of Leeds. Her research question was ‘How does enactment affect
the ability to follow instructions in working memory’.
School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Alex’s research took place at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. His research topic involved tribology and aimed to determine how variables such as temperature, speed and weight would affect the friction coefficient, wear and formation of a lubricant layer between two surfaces.
A group of students from year 13 were lucky enough to visit Bradford University and take a tour of the health science and pharmacy facilities, as well as hear about the different routes into many of the courses they offer. They got to see (and use) many state of the art facilities, including interactive anatomy tables, interactive autopsy imaging and human manikins designed for medical training. Students loved the experience and felt it very valuable in making choices on future careers.
Isha said ‘This was out of my comfort zone and not what I would do on a regular basis. From this trip, I made lots of new friends from both different areas of the UK and Canada as well travelling alone from London to Canada with them. From this overall experience, my leadership skills and communication skills have improved.
I have also learnt that there is so much more to life than sitting on your phone most of the day as well as well as new opportunities out there to try something new. Not only will this be a fun and amazing experience, but it will always look great on your CV and open more opportunities for you.”
Our links with IntoUniversity offer students a range of additional opportunities, Isha was one of only six IntoUniversity students across the UK to be awarded a place on this fully funded Outward Bound trip.