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Warwick University Subject Study Days

Over the past weeks several groups of students in Year 10,11,12 and 13 have spent a day at Warwick University as part of the Training Partnership organisation subject focussed days. Year 10 & 11 attended a GCSE Maths day and Year 12 & 13 have attended Maths, Biology and Psychology A Level days.

All days had an extensive range of presenters, experts in their field, who talked about cutting edge research or showed these subjects at work in all sorts of different and engaging ways. The GCSE Maths day featured a juggling mathematician, Colin Wright, as well as four other fascinating presentations. The Biology day too was packed with interesting presentations from a consultant surgeon whose new research uses DNA fingerprinting to develop new treatments alongside more traditional surgery for cancer to a researcher from University of Leicester where the use of DNA to assist in the identification of criminals was first developed.

The A level Psychology and Maths days followed similar programmes of top quality, engaging presentations. The A Level Maths day included a fun session on Maths in Pop songs presented by a folk singing maths teacher! All the days also included a short session on how to be more successful at exams by making revision and preparation really effective.

“It is amazing, I understood most of the biology topics in the presentations”
“I really want to study this at university”
“I am really pleased I have applied to do this at university”
“I didn’t realise that you could do so much with maths”

We started the day looking at how psychology was used by magicians such as Houdini and how actually it’s all down to our perceptions of the events around us rather than magic. This was followed by a fascinating talk entitled “an eyeball in my soup” detailing the interesting life of a forensic psychologist and her days spent with notorious psychopaths. Something that we all remembered from the talk is that many successful business men and politicians including the President elect score highly on the psychopathy scale – something to chew over but not literally. We ended the day with a dance. Dr Peter Lovatt gave a presentation of dance and the effects on our emotions and before we knew it we were all up doing the mashed potato and a pretty good rendition of Saturday night fever. In fact the Year 12 students loved it so much that they would like to see it as part of the lessons. All in all a hugely enjoyable day and something we would recommend you do if you have the opportunity.

Mrs E Hounsell – 14-19 Pathway Manager
Warwick University Subject Study Days

Posted: 2016-12-09 14:04:23
Last Edited: 2017-01-20 11:16:04