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Lord Robert Winston Visits Tapton

Lord Robert Winston Visits Tapton

Nick Harris in year 10 reports on a recent visit from a truly inspiring scientist.

Lord Robert Winston Visits Tapton

 Nick Harris in year 10 reports on a recent visit from a truly inspiring scientist.

It’s not often that Tapton receives a visit of the celebrity nature, but when it does, it’s not something to miss. Such an event happened on Tuesday the 12th November; Tapton was visited by none other than Lord Robert Winston, pioneer of IVF and a world renowned biologist.

But how did this opportunity arise? It started in London, where Lord Winston heard Tapton sixth formers talking about recent research they’d been doing in partnership with Sheffield University’s Department of Biomedical Science, a project on heart disease.

The research is part of a national project called ‘Authentic Biology’, where schools pair up with universities to participate in research. The project allows students to identify some of the genes that are associated with heart attacks and to learn the same techniques used by scientists to work out how they function.

Professor Lord Winston was so impressed by the students’ dedication and enthusiasm to the subject he decided to pay a visit to Tapton, both to speak with sixth formers about their research and to give a presentation to Y10, who are now well into their Science GCSEs.

 The talk was presented by Lord Winston, showing the Y10s a variety of interesting pictures from his career, including many used to prove the concept of IVF. A video also accompanied-which depicted different stages in the IVF process, and highlighted the truly precise and scientific, yet previously untested methods that Lord Winston and his team used. The main aim of the talk was to inspire, and Winston definitely delivered on that. He delivered an eloquent and well-pitched presentation, with clear messages to take every opportunity given and to be open minded about future careers. As an example, he professed how he had originally shown a passion for medicine…but over the course of his career moved into an area he had never seen as an option, Research Science.

It’s not often that Tapton receives a visit of such a nature, but when it did happen, it wasn’t something to be missed.