PROFESSOR Brian Cox has officially opened the new School of Science at West Lancashire College hailing it as “an important step towards realising Skelmersdale’s vision of becoming the best place in Britain for science and engineering.”
Funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Programme, the £1.3m hi-tech centre aims to unlock potential and give people the ability to drive forward growth for the area.
Located within the main campus, the centre houses a large, hi-spec, fully equipped laboratory, preparation room, engineering suite plus an external teaching space.
The centre will support the delivery of engineering, the school of medicine programme, access to medical science and applied science programmes, and offers students access to the very “best specialist equipment and technology.”
Professor Cox, well known for his popular television series such as Wonders of the Universe opened the centre as part of the Skelmersdale Science Summer School event, a national initiative he co-founded with Lord Andrew Mawson.
It aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) and become the next generation of Britain’s scientists and engineers.
The event brought together school pupils and students from across West Lancashire, who attended inspirational talks, including keynote presentations with Professor Cox, Lord Robert Winston and other high-profile guest speakers.
They also took part in a range of science and engineering activities aimed at exciting their interest in careers available to them.
Professor Cox said: “I am delighted to open the new School of Science at West Lancashire College in today’s virtual ceremony.
“This is an important step towards realising Skelmersdale’s vision of becoming the best place in Britain for science and engineering.”
The day culminated in a virtual evening reception, where employers from across the globe came together online to hear Professor Cox and other special guests including astronaut Tim Peake, speak about how to help create a lasting legacy of excellence in STEAM, to inspire future generations and to “put Skelmersdale on the map to be the best place for science and engineering in the world.”