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Students in fascinating tour of CERN

Students from our A-Level department were inspired by a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.

An intriguing trip saw our students discover how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions about how the universe began.

Scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of the Higgs boson require experimental machines on the large scale, and the students gained a fascinating insight into the technical and engineering challenges that the teams at CERN face.

Leona So, A-Level Maths tutor, said: “The trip was a real eye-opener for all of us. The UK has been a member of CERN since the organisation was founded in 1954.  Membership allows researchers to take a variety of roles that contribute to CERN’s success, from recently-qualified technicians and university undergraduates to PhD students analysing experimental data, and experienced engineers and physicists leading projects.

“We are so grateful that the visit was led by a member of the CERN community who talked from personal experience about their contribution to the research programme.

“Afterwards we also spent time visiting the city of Geneva, taking in the Museum of Natural History, History of Science Museum and the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva.”