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RTC STEM team meet Professor Lord Winston at Annual STEM Lecture



Nov 07, 2016

STEM Team

Pictured L-R: Lucy Tetley (Impact Manager, STEM Ambassador Hub North East), Jen Lee (Education Relationship Manager, STEM Ambassador Hub North East), Lord Robert Winston, Lyndsay Reavley (Senior Teacher, STEM and Discovery Faculty Leader at High Tunstall school), Janine Marshall (Hub Manager, STEM Ambassador Hub North East)

Lord Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, met our Stem Ambassador Hub North East team at High Tunstall’s second STEM annual lecture.

The Annual STEM lecture this year took place on Wednesday 2nd November at Hartlepool Borough Hall, and follows the huge success of last year’s lecture by Helen Sharman, the first British Astronaut in space.

As well as RTC’s STEM Ambassador North East team, the event was also attended by students from St Hild’s Church of England School, Manor Academy, English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Jen Lee, STEM Education Relationship Manager at Stem Ambassador Hub North East said: “It was a unique opportunity to hear Lord Winston talk about his life and career as a scientist and fertility specialist. 

“It was fascinating to hear him speak about the techniques he and his team have developed to enable couples to have children free from genetic diseases”

Lord Winston led the IVF team that pioneered preimplantation genetic diagnosis, which identifies defects in human embryos and published early work on gene expression in human embryos.

He is also well known for presenting several BBC television science programmes including Your Life in Their Hands, Child of our Time, Frontiers of Medicine and the BAFTA award winner The Human Body.

High Tunstall College of Science Headteacher Mark Tilling is thrilled to have been able to attract another top scientist for the High Tunstall Annual STEM Lecture.

He said: “As a specialist science College it is fantastic to have such a leading pioneer in the field of science delivering our STEM lecture to inspire the next generation of STEM students, not only in Hartlepool but also the Tees Valley area.

“The lecture at the Borough Hall is an annual event and is part of our STEM programme to raise the expectations of children and young people in Hartlepool. Everyone is looking forward immensely to listening to Lord Winston and his visit demonstrates our commitment to STEM subjects.”

Robert Winston has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy and is also Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust – a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies.

High Tunstall is the first 11-16 school in the UK to gain the STEM Assured Award for its commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths.