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Chemists secure prestigious industry placements

A RECORD number of Chemistry students from Priestley College were awarded prestigious science and research placements this year.

Four students from the same class secured places at Unilever, Liverpool University and the NMR Centre

Chemistry tutor Wendy Winnard said: “These places are hard to come by so to have four from the same Chemistry class is an incredible achievement for Priestley.

“They provide an invaluable experience for our students to get out into the real world of science, conduct proper research and get their first experiences in these professional environments.”

Each year only around 1,000 Nuffield Research Placements are awarded to students across the country.

The opportunities allow first years spend time with professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in places such as universities, companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.

Priestley’s successful four students were Lennox Munjoma, Samir Naasir, Thomas Maudsley and Sean Morris.

Former Birchwood Community High School pupil Sean spent a month with Unilever at their Liverpool University base carrying out research that will help their product development.

His project was to chart the viability of various surfacants – compounds that may act as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, and dispersants.

Sean, who also studies A-Level Biology and Maths, said it had been a great experience.

“Overall it gave me quite a lot of lab time and the opportunity to use some high-tech equipment,” he said.

“I was working in their state-of-the-art laboratory so at this stage in my career it is an incredible experience to put on my CV.”