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Workshop visits inspire young scientists

By Hart Bio | 21st August 2014
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HART BIOLOGICALS has been nurturing scientific talent of the future by taking part in a series of inspiring events with local schools and colleges.

School leavers and college students were encouraged to learn more about bio-medical science and laboratory work during the summer sessions.

Dozens of young people from schools across the North East attended the events and even took part in diagnostic sampling tests at the firm’s headquarters.

Keighley Campbell, Research and Development Manager at Hart Biologicals, said: “It’s really important to give young people the opportunity to learn more about careers within science and events like this help the students to see a real lab at work solving real problems.

“We rely on the schools, colleges and universities to supply the best possible talent to work within Hart Biologicals so it is certainly in our interests to encourage young people to seek out opportunities whether that is via work experience, summer placements or full-time employment.”

Throughout July, Hart Biologicals participated in a number of events designed to help young people with their future career choices, including a careers speed-dating event at Manor College and an employers’ fair at Hartlepool’s English Martyrs School and Sixth Form, both in Hartlepool.

Eleven science students from the town’s Dyke House School visited Hart Biologicals premises in Hartlepool for a guided tour and a chance to take part lab work, while sixth formers from Durham’s Framwellgate took part in practical sessions to enhance their university applications.

Some of the events were organised via STEM, the network for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which enables young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

Keighley added: “We have three STEM ambassadors at Hart Biologicals and it is a great opportunity for us to inspire the young people. They particularly enjoy working in our research and development laboratories where we set various tasks relating to blood clotting disorders, including the diagnosis of haemophilia in mock patient plasma samples.

“The students gain an insight as to how our products are used in the medical industry and what type of careers are out there.”

For more information about STEM, please visit www.stemnet.org.uk

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