Pupils studying at Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Advanced Higher Hub received a unique insight into renewable energy today (Friday, September 8).
They visited Whitelee Windfarm as part of the Hub’s partnership with the ScottishPower Foundation where they were inspired to think about their future career aspirations.
The Hub provides underrepresented communities across Glasgow with access to Advanced Higher studies required for university programmes, particularly in STEM-related subjects. GCU is the first university in Scotland to develop this unique bridging programme, welcoming pupils onto campus to undertake their studies while providing access to University amenities, including laboratories and technology facilities.
Support from the Foundation has enabled GCU to double student numbers in Chemistry and Biology as well as provide additional opportunities for Hub pupils across all STEM subjects.
The trip to Whitelee was specifically targeted at the Advanced Higher Physics class, as well as Hubbers from across all STEM subjects. While there, pupils were given a tour of the facility and used virtual reality headsets showcasing onshore and offshore wind power.
Rebecca Lavery, Head of the Advanced Higher Hub, said: “Thanks to ScottishPower, our Hubbers have gained a very real understanding of how their STEM studies can translate into innovation and technological advancements in the renewable energy sector. Hopefully, this visit will inspire them in their future career pathways.”
Ann McKechin, Trustee and Executive Officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “We are delighted the students were able to explore Whitelee Windfarm, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm. The chance to see the practical application of what they are studying first hand can help give them a greater insight into the possibilities of where their skills can take them and echoes the Foundation’s commitment to inspire young people to pursue a career in the wider science and technology field.”
Pupils at the Hub achieved an outstanding pass rate of 88% in this year’s SQA examination diet with four subjects: Business Management, English, History and Physics achieving 100% pass rates. This is the fifth year of the Hub’s partnership with Glasgow City Council and The Scottish Funding Council, and the first with the ScottishPower Foundation.