Psychology students develop research skills
Thursday 14th December 2017 @ 13:51 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

Psychology students from Clarendon Sixth Form College have recently celebrated the outcomes of their summer work experience with the Nuffield Research Foundation.

The event at the University of Manchester celebrated the research programmes students had undertaken alongside professional scientists, mathematicians, and engineers during their summer placements. The placements are offered to A-level students in the middle of their two year programme.

The Nuffield Foundation funds research, analysis, and student programmes that advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the United Kingdom.

The Nuffield research placements provide opportunities for individual students to develop their skills and confidence in quantitative and scientific methods.

Three Clarendon Sixth Form College students accepted a variety of research projects. Laura Cummings researched genetic data from patients with immune diseases, Jake Armstrong investigated mixer geometry for product manufacture and Ruth Hardy explored schizophrenia and other neurological diseases, using rats as a model.

Jayne Shaw, psychology teacher and Nuffield Research Foundation judge, said: “This is an important experience for our A-level students. The placement encourages the students to apply the knowledge they’ve learnt on the course.

“By working with experienced research scientists it also gives them the confidence to investigate important issues that make the headlines.”