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Science and Engineering Day named as the UK’s best

Published: 2 April 2014
Science Day

We are pleased to announce that the University’s Science and Engineering Day has been named as the UK’s best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) institution event during National Science and Engineering Week 2014.

Supported by Engineering UK and the British Science Association, the award recognised the passion of event and activity organisers in showcasing the University's world-leading research to over 3,000 visitors. The University also won £600 to use towards next year's NSEW events.

The Science and Engineering Day, which was part of the University's annual Science and Engineering Festival, was a free public open day with fascinating exhibitions, interactive displays, talks and shows. Throughout the day, families were able to get direct hands-on experience of science, including:

  • How your body fights infection
  • Learning about where your food comes from
  • Learning how data is transmitted around the world
  • Finding out how crystals are formed
  • Learning about cybersecurity and safe surfing
  • Building an electric boat

Plus there was an overview of the largest experiment in the world - the Large Hadron Collider and visitors also got the opportunity to see the Railway Research laboratory in action.

Professor William Powrie, Dean of Engineering and the Environment and chair of the Science and Engineering Festival steering group, comments: "I am delighted by the award, which is a tribute to all those who worked so hard to make the day a success. The range and variety of exhibits was impressive, and it was clear that people had really thought about making their stands highly interactive in ways that brought our engineering and science to life. There was a real sense of excitement about the campus, which I'm sure the judges could not have failed to have picked up."

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