Oxford masterclass for budding scientist

Wed, 17 Apr 2019

A budding science student is hoping to take his passion for learning physics to a new dimension after securing a place on a masterclass at the University of Oxford.

Seventeen-year-old Cameron, a pupil at Monmouth School for Boys, will be spending a day in the Physics Department at Oxford.

“The Physics masterclass at Oxford will be excellent and I am hoping to improve my problem-solving skills and looking at things in different ways,” said Cameron, who is studying Physics, Further Maths and English at A level.

“I am the only student going from Monmouth. I am hoping that being with fellow physics students will add a new level to my high interest in the subject.”

Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.

He said: “We will be fielding lots of questions and, hopefully, it will help me to refine my problem-solving abilities, particularly, for an Oxford application next year.

“Physics is a science that I have been interested in for most of my life so looking to study it at university, hopefully at Oxford, is the next natural step for me.”

Cameron, who lives in Abergavenny, is also looking forward to a work experience placement during the summer at the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Cameron will spend five days under supervision in ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Science and Technology Facilities Council laboratory.

“The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a fantastic research facility near Oxford and I will be lucky enough to be working alongside scientists carrying out post-graduate and graduate research,” said Cameron.

One of the country’s top business leaders returned to Monmouth in November to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Old Monmothian, Warren East CBE, the Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce, officially opened The Relithan Science Centre at Monmouth School for Boys.

The three-floor science block, which has areas dedicated to studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics, was refurbished by The Relithan Charitable Trust established by Mr East and his wife, Amanda, a fellow engineer.

Cameron, a Year 12 student, added: “Science is brilliant to study at Monmouth. We recently had a new science department and everything is fresh and new and I am really enjoying my studies there.”