Brainiac boffin brings a bang to science jobs event

Popular Sunderland scientist Dr John Kilcoyne.
Popular Sunderland scientist Dr John Kilcoyne.
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THE appliance of science will provide the stems for a future career at an event in the city.

The University of Sunderland is hosting a Stemnet (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) day for young people from schools and colleges on Thursday, which aims to create opportunities and help with career decisions.

Held during National Science Week and Engineering Week and involving up to 180 students, Stemnet is designed to enthuse students about their options for university.

Students will take part in workshops across the four Stem disciplines and enjoy demonstrations from the university science team.

These will include Sunderland scientist Dr John Kilcoyne, who appeared on TV’s Brainiac. He will be on hand to offer his own unique approach to chemistry, with a workshop packed with explosions, flashes, howling noises and spontaneous combustions.

Evelyn Richardson, business development manager at the university, said: “This is the first major event we are hosting in conjunction with Stemnet and we hope it will inspire young people by showing them a whole host of careers.

“We are delighted with the participation in the event of 180 students, 18 schools and 12 employers, and hope this will become an annual event.”

The young visitors will be taken on a tour of the campus facilities, including the multi-million pound Sciences Complex which houses the latest teaching and learning facilities, including multi-disciplinary science laboratories.

Events like these show how higher education can introduce students to a network of professionals and organisations, in addition to research, knowledge exchange, placements and internships, which means they have the right skills to meet the needs of employers.

The Echo has teamed up with the University of Sunderland in a bid to inspire more Wearsiders to consider higher education as a path to improving your job prospects.

Our Degrees of Success campaign is being supported by an influential group of people and organisations across Sunderland, the region and the UK – from Lords and celebrities through to leading scientists and large multi-national corporations.

The campaign aims to help increase the number of graduates on Wearside giving people with talent, regardless of their background, the opportunity to fulfil their career ambitions, increase their earnings potential and enjoy a life-changing experience.

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