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Big Bang Final

13 March 2017

Female student using molecule models in science class

Sixth form pupils from south Wales have made it through to the final of a national young scientists’ competition after working with scientists at Cardiff University to develop cutting-edge research.

Selected for the Nuffield Foundation Research Placement scheme, the students worked with academics in the Schools of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Medicine for six weeks over the summer in 2016.

Three pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Ystalafera, Cwmbran High School and Coleg Gwent investigated the evolution of landslides following a seismic event in China, supervised by Tristan Hales and Rob Parker of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Another student from Cathays High School worked with Tim Bowen in the School of Medicine to identify an alternate test for chronic kidney injury in diabetic mellitus patients.

As a result of their work, all four have been selected as finalists in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

The competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and provides them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

The competition is open to 11-18yr olds, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes such as international experiences worth over £50,000 and prestigious awards such as UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.

In 2016, the University hosted 37 Year 12 students through the Nuffield Foundation Research Placement scheme.

The Placement Scheme is managed in Wales by Techniquest and supported by the University’s School’s Partnership Project, which helps researchers engage with school students and bring contemporary and inspirational research to enhance the curriculum.

The Big Bang UK final takes place from 14-16 March 2017 in the NEC in Birmingham.

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