UTC Oxfordshire officially opens Cryogenics Laboratory

Vale of White Horse District Council attended UTC Oxfordshire’s official opening of its long-awaited cryogenics laboratory on 19 October – a first for a UK school.

UTC Cryogenics laboratory, frozen rose, nitrogen

The laboratory is the brainchild of John Vandore, Trustee of the British Cryogenics Council, and will be used by students to enhance their science curriculum and employer-led projects.

Annette Jonathan, Science Technician at UTC, was tasked with setting up the cryogenics laboratory in 2015 and has led the project, with the support of Quantum Cryogenics, STFC and others from within different parts of the cryogenic industry.

Before the first projects begin in November, students will have the opportunity to visit STFC to find out more about the benefits of and uses for cryogenics.

UTC Oxfordshire is situated right at the heart of Science Vale UK, one of Europe’s most successful and competitive science hot-spots stretching from Culham Science Centre to Harwell Campus.

Member of Parliament for Didcot and Wantage, Ed Vaizey, said:

‘Once again, the UTC is proving a trailblazer for secondary schools in the UK. I am thrilled that they are opening a first school cryogenics laboratory in the country. This fabulous facility will provide its students with a unique chance to study this important field of science.’

Click here to find out more about the cryogenics laboratory.