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Students take to science with life sciences leaders

The first school in the UK to specialise in science and healthcare has collaborated with drug development company, Redx Pharma

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 24, 2015 | School life

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, based in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, has been supported since its inception by Redx Pharma’s team of experts who specialise in the development of new drug candidates for cancer and infectious diseases.

Redx, located in Liverpool and Alderley Edge, Cheshire, has played a key role in the development of the specialist school. The company is a sponsor of the school and provides students with extended work placement projects to enhance their knowledge of the life sciences sector.

Students have already spent four weeks working on a project set and supported by their own Redx mentors, allowing them to build their technical abilities in an environment engineered around life sciences.

Anastasia Roberts, Year 13 student at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, said: “My experience with Redx Pharma has confirmed my enthusiasm for working in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical chemist.

“My time here has shown me the importance of patience and flexibility, areas that can be applied to my studies at school. I’ve also grown to understand the importance of learning from research and my mistakes – these attributes are vital if you wish to succeed!”

Phil Lloyd, principal of Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, said: “By introducing our students to different forms of education that aren’t available in other institutions, we are equipping them with skills to encourage their future development.' 

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC is also working collaboratively with organisations that include, The University of Liverpool, The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust and Mast Group to bridge the gap between traditional academia with project based learning (PBL).

The life sciences and healthcare specialist school was award STEM Assured status at the end of last year for its encouragement and support of students pursuing a STEM-related career (science, technology, engineering and mathematical subjects).

To find out more about Liverpool Life Sciences UTC visit: https://lifesciencesutc.co.uk

 

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