Year 12 students spend their summer researching with UCLan

media_buildingBy Kate Hole – Reporter

This summer Year 12 students from schools and colleges across Lancashire have spent a week learning how research works at UCLan.

As part of the Future Researchers event 23 teenagers were selected to participate in research with academics and undergraduate research interns at UCLan. The scheme aims to help students develop research skills which will be needed at university, as well as giving them the advantage of a beneficial experience to write about on their UCAS applications.

One of the research projects was to design a more effective drugs for type 2 diabetes. Another looked at building a physiotherapy app to help arthritic patients manage pain, and understanding the influence of the motor system on hallucinations of voices.

During the event the Future Researchers also produced a poster which explained their research. The students will attend the Undergraduate Research Poster exhibition in October where they will present their work alongside the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) summer interns studying at UCLan.

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Head of UCLan’s Graduate Research School, said: “The scheme is fantastic because it enables the students to develop their skills and it inspires them to become researchers of the future.”

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