Pupils visit university

Biology students on a visit to Newcastle University.
Biology students on a visit to Newcastle University.

Students at a county high school have been given a taste of science related jobs with a visit to Newcastle University.

The Year 12 bioloy pupils at Bedlingtonshire Community High School spent the day at the university’s Biomedical Workshop, to see what the facilities were like and to find out more about jobs using science.

As part of the day, the students were put into a scenario whereby they were forensic scientists examining blood found at a crime scene.

Using specialist equipment in the university’s labs, the students analysed the DNA of the victim and that of two suspects, and successfully identified the killer.

Science teacher Calum Samaranayake said: “The trip allowed the students to experience the role of a real scientist, as well giving them a true sense of what science at university would be like.

“The students found the day really useful.

“One students aid it had cemented her decision to apply for a science course at university.”