A-Level Chemistry students form Coleg Menai enjoyed a Pharmaceutical day at Bangor University last month, where they had the opportunity to make Aspirin and analyse its purity.

In addition, after lunch, special guest Professor Roger Phillips of the University of Huddersfield gave the students a fascinating lecture on Cancer Pharmacology. Professor Phillips’ research focuses on anti-cancer drugs, and he has published extensively in internationally recognised journals.

Coleg Menai A-Level Lecturer Steve Blight said: “This is an annual event at the School of Chemistry, and our students always enjoy taking part. It allows them to experience and complete complex practicals in a large university teaching laboratory; they use equipment and techniques that are new and challenging to them, with expert university staff and students supporting and guiding them throughout. It’s a fantastic experience for them.”

Commenting on the current uncertainty regarding the future of Bangor University’s Chemistry department, he added: “Over the years, our students have benefited hugely from having the University’s School of Chemistry on our doorstep: they host a range of learning events and have provided work experience opportunities that help students decide about their future university and career choices.

“Closure of this department would be a real loss to us, and to the local secondary schools, and I am convinced that it would be much more difficult to inspire future generations of STEM students should this happen.”

For more information on A-Levels at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk/a-levels

Photos:

Main Photo (Top) (L-R) Erin Welsby (Caernarfon), Alex Burns (Bangor), Kristina Aguilar (Bethesda), Amy Topasna (Bangor)

Middle: Lecturer Steve Blight (centre) with his students.