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Southampton professor opens new science facilities at Peter Symonds College

Published: 29 July 2014
Professor Lindy Holden-Dye

Professor Lindy Holden-Dye has performed the opening ceremony for a suite of new science laboratories at a Hampshire sixth form college.

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Science extension opening

The Principal of Peter Symonds College Stephen Carville invited Southampton’s Professor of Neuroscience in recognition of the University’s partnership with A level Biology students. The young scientists have been carrying out their own practical independent research projects supported by Lindy and colleagues funded in part by a Wellcome Trust project ‘Authentic Biology’ and the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) School Regional Champions scheme.

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Ribbon cutting

“I am a firm believer that students can’t learn science just from text books, they have to get into the lab and get their hands on some real experiments. This brings the science to life,” says Lindy. “In this way, students have the chance to experience the highs and lows of scientific discovery to learn what science really means. In the process they pick up many important skills, analytical, organisational, problem solving, fortitude, team working. Most importantly they learn that science is a creative subject, it requires imagination and vision.”

Science is a popular choice for students at Peter Symonds. Head of Biology Mike Richards comments “Over the last 12 years, the number of students taking Biology subjects increased fourfold so we have invested in new facilities. In 2013, we entered more than 1,000 biology students for A or AS level and 73 per cent of them achieved at least a grade B.”

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