Science students were invited to participate in the annual Science open day at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology where they were treated to a number of research talks, an opportunity to tour the facilities and carry out small scale practical work.
MIB carries out scientific research to solve some of the current challenges facing mankind. The students were able to find out about the careers available to them from following science A Levels, for example in Industrial Biotechnology, Biomedical and Healthcare or within the Biofuels and Energy sector.
During the laboratory tour, opportunities to observe the use of spectroscopy in structure determination, the production and extraction of proteins, the manufacture of hydrogels and the development of biofuels from agricultural waste were provided.
The students were able to observe and chat to scientists, many of whom were working at the forefront of scientific discovery.
Georgia Hanson formally of Westleigh High School commented: “The day at Manchester University was an eye opening experience of laboratory based careers. This visit has inspired me to research my future career more carefully before applying for University.”
Dave Gent, Divisional Leader said, “This opportunity is just one of a number of activities our science students experience during the academic year as part of our popular Future Scientists Elective Programme.”
Applicants to St John Rigby College will be able to discuss their A level subject choices and select from a suite of Elective Programmes which support their future careers at our forthcoming Course Discussion Evenings.