Chemistry students were able to get to grips with some of the latest industry technology in a special Royal Society of Chemistry 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' workshop.
Chemistry Students Benefit From Royal Society Workshop
A-Level students at South Cheshire College worked with infra-red spectroscopy machines which are used to identify and study different chemicals.
The session was delivered by post graduate students from the University of Manchester's Chemistry department, funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, who have completed Chemistry degrees.
Students used the event to discuss university life with the university students as many are thinking of progressing to studying Chemistry at degree level.
The group then benefited from the practical workshop in one of the College's impressive Chemistry laboratories, which covered important aspects of their A-Level syllabus.
Dr Katayune Presland, who helped to deliver the workshop, is the North West Regional Co-ordinator for the Royal Society of Chemistry and also works at the University of Manchester one day a week.
Dr Presland said: "We visit different colleges across the North West to deliver these workshops which give students the opportunity to handle specialist equipment which can help them on their Chemistry course.
"The infra-red spectroscopy equipment is very expensive and is used by students at the University of Manchester.
"This was very much a hands-on session and all the students responded very well. We all enjoyed the workshop and hope the students found it interesting too."
Neil Hewitt, Chemistry Course Team Leader at South Cheshire College, said: "We were delighted that the students from the University of Manchester were able to come in and deliver the session which focused on an important part of the Chemistry A-Level syllabus.
"Visits like these are invaluable to students because they give them the chance to work with post graduates in the Chemistry field and use specialist equipment which they don't have access to at college."
So far during the 2011/12 academic year, Chemistry students have taken part in a series of trips which have helped them with their studies.
They include a visit to the International Year of Chemistry Lecture called 'Using Chemistry to Discover New Medicines and Improve Lives' which was hosted by top pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Alderley Edge and a full day's interactive visit to the Catalyst Museum on Merseyside.