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Talented science student joins national research scheme

A talented science student from UTC Reading has secured a place on a national research placement scheme.

Imashi Panditha, aged 19, will join the Nuffield Research Programme this summer, working alongside professional scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians to complete a real research project.

Lasting four to six weeks, the project is designed to be academically challenging. Imashi is going to be researching interactions between plant-eating insects and their host plants, in particular moth caterpillars and oak trees.

Imashi, who is in Year 12, commented: “I am looking forward to the placement as it will involve field work as well as lab work. This will help me to develop my lab skills and learn how to integrate into a science related environment.”

Siobhan Tyson, UTC Reading’s Science and NQT Co-ordinator, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Imashi to be offered a Nuffield summer research placement, especially when only 22 placements have been offered to students in the county. We look forward to hearing how she gets on.”

Speaking about how studying at UTC Reading helps open up good opportunities like this, Imashi went on to say: “Even though UTC Reading is specialising in engineering and computer science, it also gives students with other interests the opportunity to do what they want and the teachers will support you to exceed your goals. The relationship with the sponsors in UTC Reading is amazing, which provides us with great work experience.”

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