On Wednesday 26th February, CLAS welcomed 37 pupils from Year 10 at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC. The school opened in September 2013 and is the first of its kind in the UK: a specialist school for subjects relating to Science and Health Care.

Initially, it might seem like a strange choice for this specialist science college to visit CLAS. Interestingly, however, all of these students are studying Spanish alongside their science subjects and their Spanish teacher, Rebecca Cliff, is particularly keen to show them the merits of studying a language alongside other subjects in order to offer a rounded curriculum and increase future job prospects.

Although university is some way off for these pupils, many of them asked questions about the merits of studying a language alongside Veterinary Science, Biochemistry and Medicine, to name but a few. They were able to learn about the career destinations of some of our recent graduates and, in particular, to find out about ways in which they can combine seemingly very disparate subjects at Liverpool through the Honours Select and Combined Honours programmes.

The key thing which staff at both the UTC and the university were keen to impress upon these pupils is that learning a language is always an asset, providing you with a skill that can give you the cutting edge over other graduates in the jobs marketplace and can also broaden your horizons beyond the UK.

Geoff Park led the discussion about Spanish courses here at the university and we were also lucky to welcome Kathy Johnson (Combined Honours) and Alan McCarthy (Life Sciences) to speak to the school about their respective subject areas. Tom Bee (Guild) provided some light relief in explaining about the recreational side of university life, and the trip was rounded off with a visit to the Sydney Jones Library to see some of our resources.

Many thanks to all who were involved and we do hope to welcome the UTC back to South Campus in the near future!