Students from Dereham Sixth Form College, with an interest in Science and Mathematics, attended a careers conference at the National Space Centre in Leicester on Wednesday 1st November. Present were representatives from such companies as Rolls Royce, Met Office, Royal Air Force, Airbus, RAL Space, ITP, UCL, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. They presented on the current research and development that is taking place and gave valuable advice on the best ways of developing careers in Science and Engineering. This advice included information on University scholarships and routes into Management training Schemes. The day was enhanced by the University delegates who presented details on the latest research taking place, including explanations of how research for space exploration has wider applications to the world around us. The Keynote speaker was Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Leicester University. He has been involved in instrumentation and operational developments for many space missions and gave a talk on ‘The Search for Earth-like planets’. Afterwards he was challenged by the students intellectually probing questions!

The students commented on how good the day had been and how useful the advice was, opening their eyes to future possibilities and options.