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Leader scientist is guest speaker at Matravers School

Prof Welham with students and staff from Matravers

Prof Welham with students and staff from Matravers

Matravers School Sixth Form welcomed special guest speaker Professor Melanie Welham on Friday 16th October.

Executive Director of Science at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the largest public funder of non-medical biological research in the UK, Professor Welham gave an engaging and informative presentation about how she has built a highly successful and influential career in the science sector, including reflections on the people and circumstances which have had a major impact.

She answered many questions from the science students, explaining more details about her cutting-edge work on stem cell research, as well as highlighting what she considers to be the major opportunities in the biological sciences area today.

Following the talk, Professor Welham offered individual advice to a number of Year 13 students regarding courses and universities they are considering applying for.  This was a hugely valuable experience for the students involved, many of whom have amended their future plans as a consequence of the visit.

Professor Welham is the latest in a growing line of influential speakers to visit Matravers School Sixth Form, which has included General Sir Peter Wall, Professor Richard Oreffo, Lord Sharman and Lord Rosser.

Matravers  School Sixth Form is currently in the process of recruiting students for the next academic year.  Potential applicants should contact Mr Browning, Director of Post-16, as soon as possible.