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Pre-Hospital Care Programme

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Community, Course News, Health & Social Care, News, Uncategorised

Now in her second year of medical school, former Wyke science A level student, Eric McCabe has been busy volunteering on the Pre-hospital care programme, attending Category 1 and 2 medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, unconsciousness and chest pains primarily in Hull. Additionally, her team had been further trained to assess patients who had fallen down and assist them in getting back on their feet.

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Pre-hospital care programme, in collaboration with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service offers medical students at HYMS further educational experience in the field of pre-hospital medicine.

Last year, Erin and the team of 9 other HYMS medical students attended 188 incidents, ranging from cardiac arrests and diabetic emergencies to falls and fractures. Altogether, the team volunteered 900 plus hours of their time to help the local community.

Watch this short video interview on Wyke TV to find out more about Erin’s experiences. https://youtu.be/89Tup43wnQA

Spotlight on Chemistry: Tom Parsons

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Train to Teach

Next up in our British Science Week subject spotlight is chemistry teacher Tom Parsons. We asked him about his enthusiasm for the subject and why becoming a chemistry teacher was the career path for him.

What interests you most about chemistry?
Chemistry is fascinating as it really explains how the world around us works – combining the more applicable parts of physics and the more in-depth aspects of biology. It is the perfect science to understand the best bits of how the world works and gives greater meaning to many of the processes that take place around us.

What can upcoming students expect to gain from studying chemistry?
Chemistry is that is incredibly diverse. In chemistry, students can develop their skills in multiple areas – from mathematical skills to how to use glassware properly. Overall, students will gain confidence in a large range of areas that produce a competent scientist – as well as being a good cook!

How do you use chemistry in your everyday life?
I use concepts of thermodynamics when I open a window to cool a room, I take advantage of decades of drug development and research whenever I use an Ibuprofen pill, I use solubility of tea in water whenever I use a teabag. Chemistry is all around us, always taking place and increasing the understanding of these processes helps us understand the world around us.

Do you have a favourite element or equation?
Boron, without a doubt. Used in rocket fuel and in drug synthesis, it has a whole range of uses and produces a lovely green flame.

Who is a chemist you admire and why?
Linus Pauling. He made great advancements in the chemical field, in areas such as quantum mechanics and protein function. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (as well as a Nobel Prize for Chemistry) for his work against the use of nuclear weapons. He was not only a great chemist, but a good man too.

British Science Week runs from the 5th – 14th March 2021, visit britishscienceweek.org for more information.

#MakeItHappen

Tom McKenzie, London Ambulance Helipad

Helipad Tom

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News

Former Wyke and Winifred Holtby student, Tom McKenzie is currently completing the fourth year of his Medicine degree at Sheffield University. Whilst at Wyke, Tom was one of the first wave of science students to benefit from the Wyke Pre-medical Programme.

Last year, Tom took a year out of his Medicine degree to study an intercalated BSc(Hons) degree in Pre-hospital Medicine at a London university. An intercalated degree, is one extra year on top of a 5-year medical degree. During this time, students officially suspended from medical school to study another undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Reflecting on this experience, Tom said, “It was a truly fantastic year. I’ve learnt lots about medicine, people and teams. Lessons I know I’ll take forward, both in the short and long term. I’d like to thank the incredible clinical teams who I had the privilege of shadowing for most of the year. It remains a big career goal to one day return to the helipad.”

Tom is now looking forward to graduating and his intercalated year, together with volunteering for St John’s Ambulance, have focused his future plans. He said, “I’m due to graduate next June. My future aims are to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine (A&E) and also Pre-hospital medicine, involving air ambulance work.”

As a former student who has navigated the pathway through medical education, Tom is also keen to help support are current future doctors, dentists and vets. “I’d be very happy to return to College to offer advice and perhaps give a talk to aspirant medics”, said Tom.

To keep up to date with Tom’s volunteering and university studies, follow him on Twitter @TomMcK98

Physics in Focus: Stuart Lyon

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

As part of British Science Week, our specialist science, maths and engineering teachers are shining a spotlight on their subjects and why they find them so interesting. First up is Stuart Lyon, one of our fabulous physicists.

Why did you decide to become a physics teacher?
Learning about physics and the universe has always given me a lot of enjoyment, even from a young age. I wanted to pass on my knowledge and hopefully inspire others to enjoy the subject too.

Do you have a favourite equation or theory?
Although it’s not covered in the A Level Physics specification, my favourite is Schrodinger’s wave equation. It is one of the founding principles of Quantum Theory. E=mc2 is good too, we use this a lot in A Level Physics.

What advice would you give to upcoming students?
Physics becomes much more mathematical beyond GCSE level, so be ready for this. Also, try to keep up with the work, as we progress through the course quite quickly.

Who is a physicist you admire and why?
There are so many, it’s hard to choose. Albert Einstein stands out for me. His imagination, talent and ability to “think outside the box” was incredible.

Tell us something about physics that we’d find surprising.
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity tells us that the faster we travel, the slower we age, the thinner we become and the heavier we get!

British Science Week runs from the 5th – 14th March 2021, visit britishscienceweek.org to find out more.

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Bedside Buddy

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, Physics

Former Wyke science A level student, Erin McCabe is currently in the second year of her Medicine degree at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). During the summer, Erin took the bold step to enlist at an intensive care unit (ICU) at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Over two months, Erin stayed at a local hotel, whilst supporting the work of the hospital intensive care staff, an experience that was published in the “International Journal of Medical Students”. Here is an extract from her article.

“At most medical schools, I would be in ‘pre-clinical’ years, meaning there would be limited opportunities to encounter patients until later in the course.

At HYMS, thankfully, has frequent clinical exposure from the third course week,  so I had met patients in both primary and secondary care. Although this was a helpful experience, it did not prepare me for my new role in a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

I managed to successfully get a job in one of the largest healthcare trusts in England and made the difficult decision to move and live in a hotel for two months, far from my home in the north.

I expected a sharp learning curve and had heard of the difficulties faced by healthcare professionals. My family did not quite understand why I was going and they were worried for my safety. I was quite nervous, but I had decided that it was the right thing for me to do.

My job was ‘Bedside Buddy’, a new role created to help support the ICU staff during the pandemic. It involved working one to one with patients, helping with both personal and medical care. This included tasks such as washing and helping to roll patients, stocking the bed spaces, and running arterial blood gases.

One of the most poignant lessons I have taken and want to share about this is the importance of every member of the healthcare team. We always discuss this in medical school, but it is a very different experience being part of the team as a Healthcare Assistant/Bedside Buddy. Everyone is vital in a healthcare, pandemic or not.”

In her second year of medical school, Erin got involved with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, assisting fall patients. To read more about Erin’s experiences, follow her on Twitter @erinvmccabe

British Science Week News

British Science Week

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, Physics

It’s British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths. These are a diverse groups of subjects, which open doors to a wide range of career pathways.

Throughout the week, we will be exploring Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Engineering with our specialist subject teachers. Many of our students have gone on to some fantastic destinations, which we will also be highlighting over the next few days.

We’ll be providing some useful information about our well-established Pre-Medical Programme, which is designed to help aspiring medics, dentists and vets prepare for their university interviews and secure a place on highly competitive medical courses.

Our Careers Team have provided links to some fantastic virtual events, including:

How to get a job in the Space Industry

Science Live

Women in STEM

Keep checking our social media pages for the latest updates and your emails for the chance to take part in our British Science Week quiz.

To find out more about British Science Week, click here.

Vocational courses: Important information

By | Applied Science, Course News, Criminology, Dance, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, News, Performing Arts

From next week, all vocational courses that will complete this year will no longer be setting work for students to complete, taking work in or providing RAG grades for engagement. Teams will continue to support students with work that may help them to prepare for their planned next step, but there will be no compulsion for students to engage in this, nor will this be monitored.

There are a couple of important exceptional cases:

  • Criminology year 1: All criminology year 1 students will CONTINUE to receive set work on a weekly basis and RAG grades will be provided to monitor engagement until the end of the academic year.
  • Foundation year BTEC courses: These courses will now finish. However, many of you will be wanting to progress to level 3 course next year. If you are in this position, you will receive a letter explaining the conditions for your progression in the autumn.

We still do not have clarity on the process for vocational qualifications. It is probable that we will be asked to complete a similar process to A levels and GCSEs, with teachers providing estimated grades and rankings based on what they judge the students would have achieved if their courses had continued.

There are still some students who have not submitted work that was due before the national closure. If this applies to you, please urgently discuss this with your subject tutors, as staff will not have the evidence they need to support giving you the best possible grades.

If you’d like more information, Ofqual released their consultation on the processes for vocational courses completing this summer last Friday. This is still very much focused about defining the rules for exam boards to use.

You can access it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Edexcel have also been updating their information and have started a weekly bulletin: http://view.ocrm1.pearson.com/

RSC Awards

Royal Society of Chemistry Award Winners

By | Applied Science, Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, Physics

Congratulations to all students who secured an award in the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) International Chemistry Olympiad!

“A big thank you to all for taking part in this very challenging competition, especially the 1st year students,” said Paul Yardley, Head of Chemistry at Wyke.

Designed to challenge and inspire, the UK Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the British Isles. This enriching experience is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field.

Budding chemists will develop critical problem-solving skills, learn to think more creatively and get a chance to test their knowledge in new, real-world situations. They could even find themselves flying off to represent the UK at the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad.

Here is the list of Awards!

Jamie Dosdale Gold Award

Thomas Sedman Silver Award

Patrick Donohue Silver Award

Katy Stefura Silver Award

Marcus Brady Silver Award

Kiran Buzza Silver Award

Ugochukwu Ezeokoye Bronze Award

Ashleigh Martin Bronze Award

Julia Louw Bronze Award

George Khan Bronze Award

Rohaan Jarvis Bronze Award

Morgan Toft Bronze Award

Ellie Crick Bronze Award

Cecilia Yang Bronze Award

Oliver Peacock Bronze Award

Leah Kipwanya Bronze Award

Dylan Turner Bronze Award

Joel Robinson Bronze Award

Annabel Hardy Bronze Award

Science Joins the Excellence Network

By | Applied Science, Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, News, Physics

Head of Chemistry, Paul Yardley, and Head of Biology, Lee Baxter, have been invited to contribute to a teaching excellence working day this autumn.

Due to the outstanding exam performance in both subjects, Paul and Lee are going to spend the day discussing their teaching methods, spreading their good practice, with other teachers from across the UK.

Both A Level Biology and Chemistry recorded a significant positive value added grade, with students achieving at least half an A level grade higher than their predicted grade. The data is based upon the 2018 A Level results and the science department is looking forward to further involvement when their 2019 exam results are analysed.

The Education Training Foundation (EFT), the government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector, supports this network meeting. With over 20,000 members, it is the largest professional membership organisation for practitioners in the post-16 sector. The EFT remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills status and Advanced Teacher Status.

There will an opportunity to talk with the science teaching staff at our forthcoming open events, with dates from October to February. For further details of dates and timings please visit, https://wyke.ac.uk/events/category/open-events/

Jemma signs for LFC

Jemma Signs for Liverpool FC

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, English, News, Physical Education, Sport

Liverpool FC Women have just signed former Wyke A level student, Jemma Purfield. Jemma was one of the star players in a Wyke football team that made the National Cup final in 2015. In the same year, Jemma collected the “Wyke Sports Personality Award”, progressing from college to further her education in the USA by securing a sport scholarship at Arizona State University. Whilst at Wyke Jemma studied A level PE and English Language alongside BTEC L3 Applied Science.

“I’m excited to have Jemma as part of our squad here at Liverpool FC Women. She will add to the depth of our player roster,” said Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson.

“She’s got international experience already and has youth very much on her side. She’s been training with us recently and has fitted in brilliantly with the rest of our squad.

“I’m excited to work with her and see what she can bring to the Liverpool FC Women family. Her international call-ups mean she has played against some of the best teams in the world and now she will have the opportunity to face players of that quality in the WSL.

“It will be good for her development as a player and our development as a team.”

A versatile player with experience all over the park, Jemma will primarily play for the Reds as an attacking full-back or winger going forward.

“I’m delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious club and can’t wait to get started,” said Jemma.

“It’s a massive club, it’s known worldwide and has always had a fantastic reputation, so I think it’s a big opportunity for me to develop.

“There are some great, experienced players in the squad and there are some youth players coming through the ranks, so it’s a great place for me to learn and take my career to the next level.

“I think WSL has moved on so much in the last four years and I’m going to be challenged on a daily basis.”

We’ve raided the Wyke video archive to bring you the highlights of Jemma’s time at college – the Sports Personality win, the amazing cup final goal and footage of Jemma in the USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8thTtgqSsWM