Last week UTC Oxfordshire were pleased to announce the opening of a state-of-the-art Cryogenics Laboratory. UTC Oxfordshire is the first UK school to have such a facility.
In planning since April 2015, and brainchild of John Vandore (Trustee of the British Cryogenics Council), the cryogenics laboratory will be used by students to enhance their employer led projects and science curriculum. Ahead of their first project in November students will visit facilities at STFC to find out more about the benefits of, and uses for, cryogenics.
Building on relationships with businesses and organisations the UTC was able to create this unique opportunity – in planning from early on in the school build. Annette Jonathan, science technician led the project, with the support of Quantum Cryogenics, DY Assist, LTI Metaltech, STFC, University of Southampton, British Cryogenics Council, Proactive Gas Safety, Goetze, and AirProducts who all worked to ensure the safe and effective provision of the innovative school cryogenics laboratory.
Nigel Tipple (CEO OxLEP) – “It is vitally important that education providers and businesses work closely together. The opening of UTC Oxfordshire’s cryogenics laboratory will inspire young people to consider and investigate a career in the cryogenics industry – an industry with global impact at the heart of Oxfordshire”
This ambitious project has taken three and a half years of careful planning and testing to take fruition. We are pleased to announce that with the official opening of the Cryogenics Laboratory, UTCs are again staying at the forefront of technology and allowing students the chance to benefit from such impressive facilities.
Ed Vaizey (MP) “Once again the UTC is proving a trailblazer for secondary schools in the UK. I am thrilled that they are opening a first school cryogenics laboratory in the country. This fabulous facility will provide its students with a unique chance to study this important field of science”