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Top of the Class

By | Awards, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Adam, Joseph and Sean who were presented with Silver and Bronze awards after tackling the 1st round of the Physics Olympiad.

This 2 hour and 45 minute exam was held at the campus under strict exam conditions and consists of 2 papers, administered by the University of Oxford.

The Olympiad is intended for the brightest and best Physics students in the country, testing their knowledge beyond what they study at A Level and their mental agility in the field of Physics.

Vinny Crosskill

Ivy League Vinny

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Course News, Economics, Mathematics

Second year Wyke student, Vinny Crosskill, has just been informed that he has secured a place at Babson College, Massachusetts, USA, to study Economics and Finance. Babson has a global reputation for educating the future entrepreneurs and leaders of business. According to Google, Babson is “a very selective university”, with just 24% of applicants successfully gaining a place. Over the last 25 years, it has been voted the best university for business in the USA.

In his first year at College, the Wyke tutor team encouraged Vinny to apply for support from the Sutton Trust, an educational charity that champions students from non-traditional backgrounds. Through the guidance of the Trust and help from his tutors, Vinny successfully negotiated a series of Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) to gain the offer of a place.

Vinny came to Wyke from Kingswood Academy, Hull, and is a member of the Colleges Student Executive. Asked about his career ambitions, Vinny replied, “Right now, it’s to become a chartered accountant or earn a doctorate in economics. However, the good thing about US institutions is that you can change your major, especially if you’re at a liberal arts college, whereas in the UK you’d have to reapply to change your course. Hearing some of the classes that the colleges offer has really made me think about the career path I want to take going forward.”

Vinny gained excellent GCSEs from school before enrolling to study A levels in Economics, Business, Accounting and Mathematics at Wyke.

Babson were so impressed with Vinny’s application that they are willing to waive the vast majority of the university fees to ensure he is able to take up his place. Their annual contribution of over $82,000 will not only pay Vinny’s tuition fees, they will also cover living expenses and books.

Congratulations Vinny, enjoy the rest of your studies at Wyke, and keep in touch once you join the “Ivy League”.

Gold-Award Mathematicians

By | Course News, Mathematics

Earlier this month, 46 Wyke students entered the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, a 90-minute multiple choice competition. The challenge is non-calculator so really tests the students’ mental agility and problem-solving skills.

Nationally, certificates are awarded to the top 60% in the following proportions: Gold for the top 10%, Silver for the next 20% and Bronze for the next 30%. Additionally, the top 6000 entrants in the country qualify to enter the next round of the competition.

Given the nature of the challenge, all of the entrants nationally tend to be strong mathematicians, so to achieve any of these certificates is a fantastic result, so congratulations to all of our winners and participating students.

Of particular note, 5 of our students, including 2 first years gained Gold certificates, which is an incredible achievement and they have reached the threshold for the follow-on round of the competition later this year. #MakeItHappen

Julia Louw

Government Backs Medical Students

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Drama & Theatre, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physics, Religious Studies

Medical and dentistry schools across England will get additional funding to expand courses for the coming academic year to fulfil more offers for UK students who achieve the required grades.

In response to this year’s unprecedented situation the Government has adjusted the cap on medical and dentistry places so that more students than ever will have the opportunity to study on these courses in 2021, and in the long-term help boost our future NHS workforce.

2021 has been a record year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme with a record 37 offers made to students who have applied for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Former Beverley Longcroft student, Julia Louw, has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine. Julia studied four courses at Wyke that included the obligatory Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by Mathematics and interestingly BTEC Performing Arts. On BBC national news, Julia supported the move by the Government. “It’s really good news that the Government is supporting students to study medicine and allowing more students to access those resources.”

Kim Lawrence, coordinator of the Wyke pre-Medical Programme, is very pleased with this year’s outcomes. “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Pending confirmation of results, 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme.”

The Governments measure brings the total of medical and dentistry places to over 9,000 in universities in England for this year to support courses and public services which are essential to protect into the future.

For this academic year, universities that can accommodate an increase to medical and dentistry places for students that have met the grades and hold a firm offer at a university with pressure on places will be supported to do so. For these universities that can take on more students that have met the grades whilst also ensuring teaching, learning and assessments standards are maintained, there will be flexibility to add to their numbers.

You can watch the full BBC news report on Wyke’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/FwFN6WSrTPY

37 offers

Medical Record

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Performing Arts

Students and staff in our Science Faculty are celebrating the record breaking 37 offers made to students who have applied for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Kim Lawrence, coordinator of the Wyke pre-Medical Programme, is very pleased with this year’s outcomes. “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Pending confirmation of results, 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme.”

Former Beverley Longcroft student, Julia Louw, has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine. Julia studied four courses at Wyke that included the obligatory Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by Mathematics and interestingly BTEC Performing Arts. She has some excellent advice to pass on to future students. “Get your work experience sorted because it can take a long time to organise. Ask your teachers as many questions as possible, and read more about topics that you find particularly interesting.”

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the offers received.

Medicine: 13 students receive 22 offers between them. Universities are: Oxford, HYMS, Nottingham, Liverpool, Imperial, Lincoln, Keele, Anglia Ruskin. Glasgow, UCL, Manchester, Birmingham.

Typical offer is AAA.

 

Dentistry: 3 unconditional offers for 1 alumni student at Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.

 

Vet Med: 12 offers for 6 students. Universities are: Cambridge, RVC, Harper and Keele. Nottingham, Bristol, Surrey and Liverpool. 1 of those students has been offered Gateway at RVC. Typical offer AAA/AAB

 

Wanting to become a doctor, dentist or a vet? Details of the Wyke Pre-Medical programme can be found here on our YouTube channel.

 

Tom Bolton

Wyke College to Master’s Tom

By | Course News, Engineering, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physical Education

At Wyke, we are always happy to hear from our former students. We caught up with Tom Bolton, who has just completed his Master’s in Engineering at the University of Sheffield, to find out his highlights of Wyke, and the challenges and rewards of university life.

What are your best memories of Wyke? 

“I played in the football team at Wyke and absolutely loved it. We won the national cup with Nick Barmby and Michal Pujdak- training twice a week and playing every Wednesday at a good standard was such a fun part of college.

I’d also say meeting new people was such an important part. Most of my best mates now I didn’t know before going to Wyke. Finally, obviously Sports Pres was always a class night, Mark Lucid always smashed it.”

How did your Wyke studies help space your future? 

“Uni exams would be a big shock to the system. It really helps you prepare for having to put the hours in. The careers team at Wyke were great at helping me decide what path to go down when I was unsure and I’m really grateful to them for that.”

What advice would you give our current students? 

“I would say make sure you put the work in at exam time and it will be worth it.

Also, if you’re choosing to go to Uni don’t take the easy option and follow where your mates are going. Go where you want to go and do your own thing.”

 Describe your time at University of Sheffield? 

“The best 4 years of my life hands down. Getting to halls in first year was daunting- I didn’t know anybody going to Sheffield and I wanted it to be like that. But it turns out first year is just about finding your feet and having a massive socialise without many troubles so it’s absolutely class.

I did Mechanical Engineering so I had to work hard around exam time, it’s a tough course so you do have to put the hours in when it matters. I was worried starting the course that I wouldn’t be able to cope. However, it isn’t as scary as you think, you will be able to cope and do other things. The step up from college to Uni is tough but you adjust quickly.

You’re obviously at Uni to get a good mark in your degree, but it’s so important to have a good time. There are so many quality places to go out in Sheffield, house parties, beautiful parks everywhere and the Peak District round the corner. Amazing Uni and city I couldn’t fault it and can only recommend it from my time here.

I also played in the men’s football team throughout my time there, called SUMFC. It’s a good standard, training once a week and playing once a week. The best part about it though is the socials, they’re so much fun and a great opportunity to meet a lot of lads similar to you.”

Discuss your future plans and potential career pathway 

“I’m staying in Sheffield for the summer but have plans to move to Manchester to find a job. I’m going to be applying for jobs in the Medical Device sector or related to biomechanics as that’s what I ended up specialising in and did my dissertation on. I’ll look to become a chartered engineer within the next 5 years.”

 

Joseph Harling

Golden Opportunity

By | Awards, Course News, Engineering, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Joseph Harling for winning a Gold award at this year’s Physics Olympiad.

In fact, 2021 has been a great year for our Physics department. Stuart Lyon, Head of Physics, is really happy with the performance of the first year students. “Overall, the college collected one gold, three silver and one bronze. Some of the best results that Wyke has ever achieved”.

This prestigious competition is administered by The University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for students to stretch their problem solving skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations.

For Joseph, who participates in the College’s Flyer and Oxbridge programmes, this award will be a valued addition to his university statement. After Wyke, he is aiming to study at a Russell Group, with an aim to develop an academic career.

To discover more about the benefits of this competitive and Joseph’s future plans, visit our YouTube channel.

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

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