Leading scientist unveils college academy

Professor Martyn Amos (centre) pictured with science students, Daniel Margetts and Indie Hayes at the opening of Rainhill Sixth Form Centre's Science Academy
Professor Martyn Amos (centre) pictured with science students, Daniel Margetts and Indie Hayes at the opening of Rainhill Sixth Form Centre's Science Academy

ONE of the world’s leading computer scientists was welcomed to a St Helens college to officially unveil its new science academy.

Martyn Amos, professor of novel computation in the school of computing, mathematics and digital technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, cut the red ribbon to open Rainhill College’s Science Academy.

It is a real honour to have such a prestigious scientist visit the sixth form

John Pout

The new centre will enhance university application forms for students seeking to do science-based degrees, through offering additional learning experiences - in addition to achieving excellent A-level results.

It will give science students a real experience of the world of science beyond sixth form - supplying direct access to scientists and industry specialists and invaluable experience in the different fields of science.

The academy will provide help and support to students in their own scientific interests through personalised research and work placements in partnership with Whiston Hospital and Clattterbridge Cancer Centre, where students can work with doctors in the pathology department, and radiotherapy suites every year to gain a real understanding of the work involved.

During his visit, Professor Amos also gave a lecture on the power and importance of computer science to sixth form students which included examples of his time creating computer modelling on crowd safety as part of the Hillsborough enquiry.

He also met sixth formers planning on studying science or computer science at university for a question and answer session.

Headteacher John Pout said: “As a centre of excellence for science education in the North West, it is a real honour to have such a prestigious scientist visit the sixth form. His work is fascinating. Professor Amos was very down to earth, engaged well with the students, who thought he was very interesting and thought - provoking.”