University helps sixth formers with their studies

Gemma Winter with Oliver Thorne.
Gemma Winter with Oliver Thorne.

Sixth formers from Cumbria have been sharpening up their research skills with the help of PhD students at Lancaster University.

The event was part of a three-year research partnership between the South Lakes Teaching School Alliance and the university, funded by Research Councils UK, to inspire young people and raise their aspirations.

Participating schools from the alliance include Dallam School in Milnthorpe and Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The students are all undertaking an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) involving research as part of their sixth form studies.

Luis Domingues, assistant director of the sixth form at Queen Elizabeth School, said the partnership with Lancaster University is exciting.

He said: “We’re offering snapshots of the future – where our students can be if they continue studying.

“We’re trying to enrich their research skills which they’re doing as part of the EPQ and this is an excellent opportunity.”

Jennie Grimes from QES, who is doing research into dog behaviour. said she got useful research tips after a discussion with PhD biology student Joe Fennell.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD student Oliver Thorne also discussed RE with Gemma Winter from QES.

Dr Jane Taylor, of Lancaster Environment Centre, who said: “We hope that bringing EPQ students into contact with university early career researchers will allow Year 12 students to more fully develop their research skills and will also give researchers an opportunity to talk about their own research to a wider audience.”