STEM Week celebration at Priestley

PRIESTLEY College staged a week of STEM talks to help inspire the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians.

This year’s STEM Week took place virtually, but was no less informative as experts from companies such as Astra Zeneca and Barclays took part along with education leaders from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Lucy Platts, a Plant Chemist at National Nuclear Laboratory, said she had been delighted to represent the company in a talk to Priestley students.

“NNL is passionate about promoting STEM and it was a great opportunity to make young people aware of the exciting career opportunities in the nuclear industry,” she said.

“We’ve had many Priestley students undertake their work experience with us over the years and we look forward to hosting more in the future.”

More than 20 sessions took place with around 280 students involved.

They covered a wide range of disciplines from Chemistry to IT and computer software to engineering and construction.

Other companies that supported the week-long event included BAM Nuttall, Driveworks and United Utilities.

“We are so grateful to all those who took part,” said Shahida Khanam, Priestley’s STEM coordinator.

“One of these talks and discussions could spark a career in industry for any of the students who took part so we can’t underestimate the difference an event like this can make.”

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