UTC Oxfordshire were excited to officially open their state-of-the-art Cryogenics Laboratory; a first for a UK school.
In planning since April 2015, and brainchild of John Vandore (Trustee of the British Cryogenics Council), the cryogenics laboratory will be used by students to enhance their employer led projects and science curriculum. Ahead of their first project in November students will visit facilities at STFC to find out more about the benefits of, and uses for, cryogenics.
Building on relationships with businesses and organisations the UTC was able to create this unique opportunity – in planning from early on in the school build. Annette Jonathan, science technician led the project, with the support of Quantum Cryogenics, DY Assist, LTI Metaltech, STFC, University of Southampton, British Cryogenics Council, Proactive Gas Safety, Goetze, and AirProducts who all worked to ensure the safe and effective provision of the innovative school cryogenics laboratory.
Although the laboratory was built into the school plans it has taken 3.5 years planning, procurement and testing to ensure the success of this ambitious project.