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Outreach Lab to Encourage Young Scientists

Aug 19 2018 Read 576 Times

West Yorkshire is to provide young scientists with a massive boost to their A-level and BTEC studies when a highly-equipped facility specifically for the use of schools and colleges opens in West Yorkshire. Sixth-formers and their teachers will have ready access to advanced equipment enabling them to carry out practical work in areas such as DNA analysis, microbiology, chemical synthesis and forensics.

Under construction at the University of Huddersfield is an £18.2 million science block, with facilities that include “super labs” capable of accommodating up to 120 undergraduate students, simultaneously carrying out practical work for their degree courses. Biology, chemistry, forensics and geography are the main subjects using the new laboratories and a new course in optometry is under development, helping to address a national shortage of experts in an increasingly important branch of healthcare. The four-storey building will be ready by July 2019, and the first cohort of students will begin using the labs in the following September.

Professor Jane Owen Lynch “We already have a lot of colleges coming to us for practical work as we run practicals designed to complement A-level and BTEC science curricula, but currently we can’t offer the full spectrum. The new development will give us the space to do so,” said Professor Owen-Lynch.

“They will have access to, for example polymerase chain reaction machines, so they will be able to analyse DNA and will be able to carry out microbiological techniques and equipment that schools are generally unable to provide. Chemistry students will be able to do a lot more chromatography, synthesis and reactions,” she added.

The new science block will be connected to the University of Huddersfield’s Joseph Priestley Building – home to the School of Applied Sciences – that has itself been given an £8.3 million makeover.

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