Catching the science bug: apprentice placement scheme success at The Dunn School

Catching the science bug: apprentice placement scheme success at The Dunn School

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Jasmin Ullaskumar


Lab coats and safety goggles beckon for Oxfordshire teenagers Jasmin Ullaskumar and Elizabeth Moulson, inspired to develop careers in science following work experience placements at the Dunn School in August 2016.

The two-week placements, part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Apprentice Placements Programme gave the 16 year olds a varied insight into the life of the department. The school students spent time with the services team handling deliveries and making media, and with Carolin Muller from Conrad Nieduszynski's group gaining hands on lab experience including conducting experiments with yeast extracts and using the autoclave.

Jasmin, (pictured), from Matthew Arnold School, Oxford said: “The placement definitely exceeded my expectations. At school you’re just taught science and it’s not so hands on. Here is real life in a real lab and I loved how passionate everyone was about their research.”

The Apprentice Placements Programme ran by Science Oxford in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council is an opportunity for young people to learn more about STEM related apprenticeships and work places offering such opportunities. It is the second year the Dunn School has participated in the scheme.

Speaking on the benefits of the programme to the university, Dunn School Human Resources Manager Frances Wright said: “Oxford is committed to being an inclusive employer and The STEM Apprentice Placement Programme is a key part of furthering this agenda. The department is delighted to be part of the scheme. I would encourage more Group Leaders to be involved as hosts in future years.”

Elizabeth, from Chipping Norton School, stressed how the placement had fueled her enthusiasm to undertake a career in science: “I now have insights into the different jobs in the department and I’m really encouraged to work hard and become a scientist.”  

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