Lily Confield, PhD Physics Student Visits Various Schools

As part of the DYW agenda, we actively encourage pupils, especially female pupils to consider a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) career as statistics currently show that fewer females work in some of these areas. Role models such as PhD student, Lily Confield, therefore are excellent STEM ambassadors for pupils thinking about their career paths after school as they demonstrate that a STEM career can be an exciting and rewarding job for anyone.

Important Research

A former Lochaber High School student, Lily spoke to S4, S5 and S6 pupils at Lochaber High and to S5 and S6 at Mallaig High last week to share her STEM pathway story. Always enjoying STEM subjects at school, Lily chose to study Physics at Strathclyde University after education which resulted in a PhD, studying how Neutrophils can be used to help with the early detection of dangerous diseases such as Sepsis. The talk demonstrated to pupils that a STEM career can be varied and highly rewarding leading to many possible pathways as science, technology, engineering and maths are subjects that can be used to influence many industrial outcomes. Mallaig High School Physics teacher, Mark Crookes stated:

“It was really nice to hear about the applications we are studying in class and how they can save lives. It was great many thanks.”

Lochaber High School Biology teacher, Shannon Jeffrey was also pleased with Lily’s performance as she stated:

“Both Lily’s talks to the Higher and Nat 5 classes were great. Thanks so much for organising.”

A STEM Role Model

Receiving several questions from the pupils studying science at Higher and National 5 level, we hope that Lily’s talk has helped to influence what could be the next cohort of scientists and STEM workers. Massive thanks to Lily for an inspiring and informative talk and we wish you all the best in your studies! Lily commented:

“Thanks to Gena MacLean from Developing Young Workforce West Highland and to the teachers from both high schools for inviting me to present. It was particularly great to be back in my home town and to meet the enthusiastic pupils looking to pursue a STEM career path.”

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