Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser to visit Liverpool’s ‘world class’ Life Sciences University Technical College (UTC) tomorrow.

Sir Mark Walport, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, will be in Liverpool tomorrow as part of the Foresight ‘Future of Cities’ project’s programme of regional visits. These visits will, through dialogue with local stakeholders, help the government make better policy by developing a deeper understanding of the diverse issues which cities face across the UK. Sir Mark is kicking off his North West tour with a visit to Liverpool’s exceptional Life Sciences University Technical College (UTC).

Mark will host a meeting at the Life Sciences UTC of senior representatives from across Liverpool to discuss the recently commissioned Future of Cities project. He will also meet students and observe them in the Life Sciences UTC’s state of the art innovation laboratories.

Director of Enterprise at Life Sciences UTC Lyndsay Macaulay spoke of the team’s delight at the pending visit.

She said: “Sir Mark will not only be visiting us to witness the exceptional facilities here…he is going to deliver a masterclass to Year 12 students too which is simply awesome!

“He will also be able to witness first hand, the access to world class resources that students enjoy and hear about our curriculum developed in conjunction with business partners and delivered by experts both in and out of the classroom.

“In addition, Sir Mark will also be briefing the Life Sciences UTC team on his vision for science and discussing the best ways for industry and education to work together on the skills agenda with our principal Phil Lloyd.

Ms Macaulay added:
“We’re understandably very excited by the visit and really looking forward to showcasing the Life Sciences UTC’s offer and the city…the Life Sciences sector in the Liverpool City Region has historically experienced a shortage of skilled staff with the UTC now supporting the rapid expansion of jobs and the local economy with skilled people at all levels.”

Sir Mark was Director of the Wellcome Trust from 2003 to 2013 before his government appointment and before that was Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London, where he led research teams looking at the immunology and genetics of rheumatic diseases.

Life Sciences UTC is the first of its kind in the North West and has brought together the best of industry, education and the public sector under one roof. Its aim is to ensure students are suitably qualified to develop the necessary skill set in becoming part of the future of the science and healthcare industry. ends

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