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High-achieving Year 11 girls visited the department in August to learn more about life as a Cambridge student.

The girls were taking part in the Women in STEM subjects residential programmes hosted by Trinity Hall and Gonville & Caius colleges.

“The purpose of this scheme is to give high-achieving girls from state schools the chance to explore and develop their interests in the STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Helena Blair, Schools Liaison Officer at Trinity Hall.  

“Our programme focused on the subjects in which women are most under-represented such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.”

During their three days in Cambridge, the students attended academic sessions, visited departments, worked together on a STEM design project and attended a Women in STEM careers panel at the Cambridge Science Park.

Deputy Head of the department, Dr Nick Bampos, gave a tour of this department to some of the group as part of the programme.  They learned about the ground-breaking scientific discoveries that have happened here, how equipment (some costing over £1 million) is housed and used within the building, and the exciting lives of undergraduate and postgraduate students who use these facilities for their research.

“We’re very grateful to Nick and the department for providing the group with this opportunity,” said Ms Blair.