The Hutchesons’ Centre for Research gave S5 pupils an insight into the benefits of good research skills at a special event on Wednesday.
S5 pupils enjoyed several research-themed talks followed by a chance to see and discuss some of the best projects and IRPs by outgoing S6 pupils.
They were treated to an inspiring talk on the value of research including the links between 'blue skies' research and practical applications by Professor Gwyn Gould of the University of Glasgow's Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology.
Professor Gould also provided several fascinating examples of how theoretical work has been applied, such as the use of firefly genes to help locate unexploded landmines.
The pupils were then introduced to the S6 Independent Research Project by Dr Tonner, and we were delighted to welcome back Lucy McCracken (class of 2014) who gave a very powerful speech about how valuable she had found the process of her own independent research in S6, on the topic of the moral philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Lucy is now studying Law with French language.
Finally, Dr Mark Murphy - Reader at the University of Glasgow's School of Education and co-director of Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change - spoke about the value of interdisciplinary research, highlighting the ways in which theories from a variety of disciplines can be put to use in tackling problems such as social injustice.
He invited S5 pupils to engage with the Social Theory Applied project, a unique academic blogging project connected to the IRP which was launched at Hutchesons' last year.
S5 pupils then moved to the Georgeson Room to see the S6 research displays and to find out more about the importance of research work in S6, primarily during Advanced Higher courses. The S6 displays were excellent, and a testament to their hard work over the year as well as the expert support they have received.
Thanks to all the guests for giving our pupils a valuable insight into the benefits of research.