Over a number of years the biology department has been working closely with Bristol University. On 10th December, as part of this ongoing partnership, our Year 12 and Year 13 were given the opportunity to work closely with several students from the university in the ‘Lab in the Lorry’. With a collaborative focus, Bristol University students collect data from our students as part of their university degree, whilst our students are given access to equipment normally unavailable to them and a unique insight into the process of university level research.
This year the focus of the visit was the effects of caffeine on the cardiovascular system. Many willing Crypt subjects participated and aided in the collection of data for the Bristol University students who will input the data. Later, we will receive a copy of the data so that our students can carry out some statistical data analysis of their own which will contribute towards them achieving their Practical Skills Endorsement – part of the new A-level biology course.
Our students always reflect very positively on the opportunity they have been given and we look forward to continuing and developing our relationship with the university in the future.
Susan Glock, Head of Biology and KS3 science