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Press Release - 28 September 2005

Pupils to pitch their research projects to University professors

Thirty budding scientists and engineers from the South West will get the chance to explain their first research projects to professors and senior researchers at an event taking place at the University of Bath today (Wednesday 28 September 2005).

The young people, aged between 16 and 18, have worked over the summer on research projects ranging from the effects of caffeine on sleep to the evidence of global climate change.

They are coming to the University to describe the results of their projects to the researchers, teachers and other students that have been involved in the Nuffield Science Bursary Scheme over the last six weeks.

“The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience first-hand what scientific and engineering research involves,” said Alison Rivett, Projects Manager for Wessex SETPOINT - the organisation that co-ordinates the scheme in the area.

“The students taking part get the chance to work alongside practicing scientists and engineers on their own research projects, and it can help them decide on future career options as well as which subjects to study at university.”

Almost 60 students in the region received bursaries through the scheme to work in hospitals, universities, research institutes, companies and charities on research projects over the summer.

Their projects include:

In all, ten students were based at the University of Bath with the others distributed around the South West region.

“In previous years some students have had their work published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences,” said Ms Rivett.

“The event in the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is a celebration of students’ hard work over the summer and is an opportunity for everyone to look at the work of others and to share experiences and ideas with other teachers, students, scientists and engineers.”

Students will present a visual display of their project at the event and will be talking to small seminar groups about their research.

At the end of the celebration students will be presented with their Nuffield Award certificates by Professor Anthony Mileham, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Approximately 30 students, 15 teachers and 10 mentors will be taking part in the celebration.


Wessex SETPOINT works with schools, colleges and business across Somerset, Wiltshire & Swindon and the West of England to promote science, engineering and technology to young people.

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