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01 December 2009
More than 50 Monmouth students got a taste of life in world-leading laboratories thanks to a new initiative designed to encourage young people to think about research-based careers.
A number of academic schools across the University recently welcomed 58 pupils from schools in the Monmouth area, as part of the Monmouth Science Initiative, allowing them to showcase the prospects provided by both undergraduate and research environments.
The Monmouth Science Initiative was first launched by Monmouth School (Boys 11 to 18) in the academic year 2008/09, making it possible for first year A-Level pupils from other schools access to the laboratory facilities present at the School. Following a successful first year, it has now been extended to enable pupils from seven schools in the Monmouth area to access and experience the cutting-edge facilities at the University.
Professor Peter Blood, the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who was instrumental in establishing the partnership between the University and Monmouth Boys School, said: "It is exciting to be able to welcome students to experience working in a university-based research environment. This is an important stage in the educational lives of young people and we hope that by welcoming the students to the University we are able to demonstrate the exciting range of research-based careers open to them."
Dr Steven Connors, Headmaster of Monmouth School said, "The Monmouth Science Initiative offers students a fantastic opportunity to gain a real insight into both undergraduate and research-based work under the guidance of highly-qualified staff at Cardiff University. I am very pleased that we are able to work so closely with the University in order to provide an experience that goes well beyond the normal limits of A Level work. The scheme has been met with great enthusiasm by the pupils taking part, and I would like to thank the staff at Monmouth School and Cardiff University for making this possible."
During this academic year, it is planned that the pupils will visit the University to undertake a range of post A-Level standard experiments in the laboratories, over the course of three visits. The pupils will work with academics from the Schools of Biosciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Pharmacy, and Physics and Astronomy.
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