College Welcomes Professor Brian Cox to Launch Event

Dr Brian CoxWorld renowned star gazer and super scientist, Professor Brian Cox OBE, visited Dudley College on Friday 24 April, to officially open Dudley Advance, the college’s new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technologies.

The launch event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, building on the government's ongoing strategies for developing a strong supply of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.

During the event, Professor Cox and Year 10 pupils from schools across the Dudley Borough, had the opportunity to engage in hands-on science and engineering fun using the fantastic new facilities and machinery in Dudley Advance. The professor also delivered a lecture on ‘Exploring the universe through engineering and science’ to the young people attending.

Activities planned for the school visitors included: operating rapid prototyping and 3D scanners, making DNA sequencing bracelets, using maths for code breaking, virtual reality welding, using electronics to build a security alarm and seeing how animals behave using maggot mazes!

Professor Brian Cox said “Joining in the Dudley Advance launch celebrations is a great opportunity for me to meet so many young people enjoying science related activities in this fantastic new training centre. 

“Science is so exciting, so fun events like this are a great way to get everybody involved and thinking about the career options science, technology, engineering and maths subjects can offer.

“The launch has provided an excellent opportunity for these young minds to get involved and be inspired to become the next generation of scientists, star-gazers and skilled engineers of the future.”

Lowell Williams, Principal at Dudley College said “We’re delighted to welcome Professor Cox to the college to launch Dudley Advance, our new Centre for Advance Manufacturing and Engineering Technologies. It’s great to involve Brian in our celebrations as he’s such a prominent advocate for the sciences. He’ll not only make the day memorable for everybody but also help to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life.

“Dudley College is one of a small number of colleges in the UK to be awarded STEM Assured status by NEF: The Innovation Institute after being recognised for its extensive STEM curriculum and the integration of these key subjects across the college. The number of students studying STEM subjects is increasing as they become a popular career choice for a growing number of young people.

Our state-of-the-art training centre and wide range of courses are a great way for school pupils visiting today to see how they can continue their studies of these subjects so they can progress to university or into a vocation which utilises their skills and knowledge.”

Dudley Advance, which opened on schedule in November 2014, is already providing training facilities for over 500 students on a range of engineering and manufacturing Apprenticeships and courses, all directly linked to traditional processes and emerging technologies.

At a cost of £9 million, Dudley Advance comprises of 2,800m2 of specialist teaching space spread over four floors. The building contains facilities for the study of engineering and advanced manufacturing including mechatronics, electrical engineering and engineering science, as well as traditional machine tool based engineering and CNC.

Take a look at some photographs from the event.