Pupil on Biochemical Course at UCL

A pupil from the School recently attended a four day Biochemical Engineering course at University College London (UCL), sponsored by the Smallpeice Trust.

Year 11 pupil, Jake Rogan, was part of a group of 25 students who attended a series of lectures, masterclasses, and practical activities covering a range of topics including the manufacturing of AIDS therapies, regenerative medicine, and the process of manufacturing therapeutic products.

The course provided 15 and 16 year old students with the opportunity to learn about new biological therapeutic theories, and the importance of biochemical engineering in transforming life-saving medicines into drugs available for the commercial market.

Jake commented, “I gained an in-depth insight into the fascinating world of biochemical engineering, and also experienced university life first hand.”

The students also took part in social activities which included sports night, a film night and a formal course dinner which enabled them to discuss their projects and discover more about careers within biochemical engineering.

Youhong Zhou, the course organiser in Biochemical Engineering at UCL said, “It is fantastic to show these enthusiastic young students how biochemical engineering enhances the quality of our lives. The students were totally engaged in the activities working within their team and displayed a real enthusiasm for meeting challenges and solving problems. The UK has a pressing need for outstanding scientists and engineers, and the Smallpeice Trust courses are an excellent way of showing our most capable young people the attractions of a scientific career. I hope that Jake enjoyed the experience of what it is like to live, work and study at a top ten university.”  

20th September 2012  Back to News