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Acclaimed TV scientist visits Stafford’s new Science & Technology Centre

30th November 2017

Staff and students from Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) were today visited by Physicist, Professor Brian Cox at the brand new Science and Technology Centre at Stafford College.

Acclaimed TV scientist visits Stafford’s new Science & Technology Centre

The television presenter, author and lecturer visited the campus, taking a tour of the top-class facilities led by College Principal & Chief Executive, Karen Dobson, before delivering a talk to a packed lecture theatre on astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology and the origins of life.  Over 130 students studying on physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and Access to HE pathways gathered for the 50 minute presentation which was followed by an interactive Q&A session with staff and students.

Questions included; ‘what is the fabric of the universe?’, ‘will the universe keep expanding forever?’, ‘could the universe be made from antimatter?’ and ‘what would you tell Einstein if you could meet him today?’

Following the talk, Cox was accompanied by staff, students and college governors to view three portraits that were specially commissioned for the visit by students from NSCG.  The students, Sophie Whittington, Lydia Cheung and Lewis Walker, had the opportunity to meet Professor Cox and present their artwork.

Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive of NSCG said: “We were delighted to welcome Professor Brian Cox and be able to showcase our brand new facilities today. He met many students who have been inspired by his work and hope to follow in his footsteps.”

Karen continued: “Our new Science and Technology Centre gives us the opportunity to invite high profile guest speakers and in turn enhance our efforts to recruit students into STEM-disciplines. We hope that today’s visit has left our students feeling enthused and eager to embark on a career in this exciting and innovative field.”

Following the talk, second year A Levels student Mitchell Challinor said: “Professor Brian Cox is one of my personal heroes, he’s the reason that I chose to study physics to begin with.  I’ve applied to Oxford University and I’m hoping to move on to study a physics degree next year, so to meet the person that inspired me has been a bit surreal.”

Commenting on his visit, Professor Brian Cox said: “I’ve found the building to not only be impressive, but inspiring.  It a beautiful building and you can see that everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves, I think you can measure the success of a building by the way the people are inside it and the students are undoubtedly inspired by the facilities and teaching.”

“The quality of the questions that the students asked were fantastic, you can definitely tell that they had a real enthusiasm for the subject, which I think is testament to everyone involved with Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group.”

“Every time I visit somewhere like this, and it’s not often I come somewhere this good, I just think why aren’t there more of these places?  It’s clear that the future of our economy rests on there being more of these types of places.  So I would advise anyone in government to visit Stafford College and learn how to replicate this wonderful facility.”

For more information on studying a STEM-related course here at Stafford College, you can get in touch via email at enquiries@staffordcoll.ac.uk or call 01785 223800.

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