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Institute for Life Sciences

Pupils attend the first University Technical College Summer School

Published: 6 August 2014
Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero

30 budding scientists from Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire attended South Wiltshire University Technical College’s first summer school last week. The young scientists and engineers aged 11-16 spent the week meeting major employers and experts from the University of Southampton and learning more about careers and technology.

The exciting and engaging summer school programme included:

  • Exploring body armour with Dstl.
  • Simulating the outbreak of an infectious disease on a space ship with Public Health England.
  • Finding out about medical 3D printing and prosthetics at the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
  • Exploring memory at the University of Southampton’s Institute for Life Sciences

Gordon Aitken, Principal Designate for the South Wiltshire UTC said “we are delighted with the high level of engagement from our partners and the pupils for our first summer school. By showcasing examples of novel research the University has highlighted some educational possibilities for our young people and inspired them for their future.”

Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero, Institute for Life Sciences commented “the pupils were very enthusiastic and interested in learning more about the brain and memory loss. They asked lots of informed questions and were keen to find out more. “

The UTC will open with up to 104 Year 10s and 136 Year 12s in September 2015 and will offer a wide range of academic and technical courses specialising in Science, Engineering and Computing. 

For more information about South Wiltshire University Technical College - please visit the website -

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