Over 30 local sixth-form students have been taking part in research projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects over the past couple of months as part of a programme of research placements supported by the Nuffield Foundation.
Thalia Ballinger is studying at Collyer’s College in Horsham and is working on a project with Senior Lecturer, Simon Jeffs. Speaking about her placement, Thalia said: “I would love to study medicine at University. I was reading a book from the college library that really opened my eyes to the research side of medicine. I found out about the Nuffield programme and decided to apply.
“I am working with Simon on a research project looking into the science behind the myths around cranberry juice as a cure for cystitis. You don’t get a chance to work in a proper research environment like this at college. That is what makes this so fantastic. I am also enjoying swapping stories with Simon who it turns out also studied at Collyer’s!”