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8 May 2012
“The Business Partners are a group of companies that have decided that they want to deepen their relationships with the College. These are AWE, BP, BT, GE, Ineos, National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Syngenta. Dow Chemical, which makes products in the chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics fields, were guests for the evening. Professor Julia Buckingham, Pro Rector (Education and Academic Affairs), led the evening’s first discussion on the world of £9,000 p.a. fees soon to be upon us, and what its consequences may be. Later, we had a second discussion on broader government policy for science and technology funding led by Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society (Humanities), who either has a remarkable ability to eat and speak at the same time, or doesn’t mind the taste of a cold dinner.
The real stars of the evening were the 20 or so teenagers, who had come to show us Imperial’s Reach Out Labratory in action. These young people were from schools in disadvantaged areas from all over London. They were fantastic. You couldn’t hope to meet people more enthusiastic about doing science. They each grabbed different guests to show us what they were doing and to tell us why the Reach Out Lab is so important to them. If you believe, as I do, that the foundations of Imperial’s success are its students, then I am happy to report that, should they choose Imperial for their degree, the College has a bright future to look forward to.”
4 April 2012
Imperial is to take part in a new national award scheme to inspire schoolchildren about university study. The Russell Group’s Dux programme, announced by Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP, intends to recognise the top achievers in every secondary school in England, and those showing great potential.
17 October 2011
This month Imperial hosted an event to share its equality practices and innovations. The Imperial as One symposium, organised by the Equalities and Diversity Unit, brought together participants from the College’s black and minority ethnic (BME) network, Imperial as One, as well as other College staff, visitors from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, other universities and beyond.
16 December 2010
Schoolchildren from seven academies in south London visited the Reach Out Lab at Imperial last month for an inspirational evening of science masterclasses led by Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society (Humanities).
25 November 2010
25 November 2010
Schoolchildren from seven academies in south London visited the Reach Out Lab at Imperial College London this week for an inspirational evening of science master classes led by Lord Robert Winston.
17 November 2010
The fifth Creative Futures event was hosted at Imperial this month. The event featured a series of workshops designed to inspire young black and minority ethnic pupils from London secondary schools about science and higher education. The students were given a number of motivational talks from speakers including the Jamaican High Commissioner, His Excellency Anthony Johnson. Sian Mitchell, a second year medical student, who was asked to attend the workshops to act as a role model, described Creative Futures as “the perfect pedestal for pupils to begin to realise their dreams”.
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6 September 2010
The Reach Out Lab on the South Kensington Campus is Imperial’s unique laboratory specifically designed for school pupils, which was officially opened this March.
While the students have been on their summer break, the Reach Out Lab has seen a frenzy of activity over the past two months including an innovative workshop held last month. Outreach Manager Sue Stone reports:
“A group of 33 secondary school students in the Young Persons Advisory Group for the MCRN (medicines for children research network), affiliated with hospitals in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham ,enjoyed a day of activities and information in the Reach Out Lab recently, representing their first national meeting. The event, a stem cell workshop, was delivered by Dr Sara Rankin and her research team from NHLI. After an icebreaker session constructing towers from spaghetti and jelly babies, participants divided into groups. Activities included examining mouse bone marrow under a microscope, and learning tissue culture techniques (including extracting DNA from strawberries); discussion of the ethical issues around stem cell usage, and a demonstration of freezing samples in liquid nitrogen. The session ended with a “Who wants to be a millionaire?” quiz based on stem cell information mentioned during the day. This was the first event of its kind and everyone was delighted with the result.”
22 April 2010
9 April 2010
Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited the College on 23 March to open Imperial’s Reach Out Lab – a unique new laboratory specifically for school pupils.
The new facility, developed by Professor Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society, is a high tech space where children aged from seven to 18 can go to get practical experience of experiments and activities, which also support science teaching within the National Curriculum. Subject experts guide pupils through experiments in the five key STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and engineering.