Six students from Cronton Sixth Form have presented research projects to professors, researchers and lecturers from the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University at a presentation evening which took place last week to celebrate their achievements after completing the prestigious Nuffield Research Placement Scheme over the summer.
The evening, which took place at the Liverpool World Museum, marks the end of the venture for the Cronton students, who proudly received a Gold Crest Award for their research and commitment to the project.
The prestigious Nuffield Research Placement provides students with the fantastic opportunity to work alongside mathematicians, professional scientists and engineers in universities or research institutions to complete projects which this year ranged from using the latest physical techniques to identify the manufacturing sites of ancient archaeological remains, to investigating new ways of delivering drugs to treat blinding eye conditions.
The students who took place this year were:
- Tara Bashford previously from St Chad’s
- Daniel Moss previously from Saints Peter and Pauls Catholic College
- Mark Taylor previously from Wade Deacon High School
- Faye Mestre previously from Wade Deacon High School
- Fatima Lugtu previously from St Gregory’s High School
- Sam Ellis previously from Wade Deacon High School
Tara, who completed her ‘Tropical Disease Biology’ project at Liverpool John Moores University in said, “This is one of the best things I have ever done. It has given me a taste of what university is like and the chance to undergo proper research. It has cemented what I would like to do and achieve in the future.”
Pam Dugdale, Head of Physics at Cronton Sixth Form, said “The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for the selected students to find out what life as a research scientist is really about. They find it to be a truly inspirational experience.
It is a highly respected scheme. Not only will it support the students with their university applications but it will also be a very valuable experience in four or five year’s time when these students apply for research degrees and jobs.
“Last years’ Nuffield placement students have progressed to some of the most prestigious universities in the country such as Cambridge and Loughborough to study courses including Natural Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics. We look forward to finding out what interesting projects they will work on in the future.
“Most schools and colleges only have one or two students completing Nuffield projects, so to have six students is a fantastic accolade.”