December 4, 2015, by Lindsay Brooke

Secretary of State visits Nottingham

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, visited Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) and met teacher trainees at the University’s School of Education.

Ms Morgan was shown around NUAST by Bob White, Principal, and talked to students working on a range of science and engineering projects including the academy’s Greenpower Electric Racing Car. Students demonstrated to the Secretary of State how they manufacture components for the car using 3D printing.

Senior staff from The University of Nottingham, and NUAST’s industrial partners including Siemens and SMS, were on hand on Friday, December 4th, to talk about the academy’s links with industry and the benefits for NUAST students.

NUAST, which opened in 2014, is a specialist academy offering the very best educational opportunities for anyone with a passion for science, computing or engineering between the ages of 14-19.

The Secretary of State visited the University’s School of Education on Jubilee Campus to meet a group of teacher trainees and heard about their aspirations for the future.

She also heard about the work of the widening participation team, which has helped the University to significantly increase the number of students at Nottingham from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Two students who have benefited directly from this work met the Secretary of State to describe their paths into higher education.

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