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Students get closer to science at University of Northampton

The sixth form students Credit: University of Northampton

A group of sixth form students has been working alongside professional scientists at the University of Northampton over the summer holidays.

The six students are from schools across Northamptonshire and spent six weeks at the University’s School of Science and Technology through the Nuffield Research Placements programme.

It was an opportunity to gain a valuable insight into a professional research environment.

The students were invited to give presentations on their individual projects, which varied from building a mobile device app to investigating the sensitivity of magnetic particle inspection technique.

One of the students, Phillipa Hawkley, said: “I found this experience to be really good as we got to use facilities that we don’t have at school and the chance to use this software puts us above others our age and will really help with university applications.”

Dr Abdeldjalil Bennecer, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Northampton, said: “The sixth form students are about to enter the second year of their A-levels and have spent six weeks over the summer with us working on individual projects...

"It's been a beneficial few weeks for these students and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and giving them the ultimate experience of working with professional scientists."