MSI is a programme for Sixth Form students with high aspirations. It consists of three seven week modules. Those who participate will be trained in high level research techniques. All aspects of science will be covered and on three occasions the participants will visit a Cardiff University department for further instruction. This programme is open to members of both Monmouth Schools and pupils from local comprehensives, so if you take part you will find yourself working with a range of people. Numbers from each school are limited and there are up to 12 places available for each of the Haberdashers‟ Schools.
In addition to the three rotations some participants have been involved in a long term project to build and use radio telescopes. This is available as a separate option under the MSI umbrella. During the programme of events there will be a conference when speakers from various scientific disciplines will talk about their roles in science. Monmouth Science Initiative has recently been recognised as a sector-leading practice in a report produced by the Welsh Assembly. Further details of the of the scheme can be found at the MSI website www.monmouth-science.co.uk
This programme will enhance the prospects of any student keen to follow a scientific path and this includes medicine, veterinary science etc. It is an excellent opportunity to obtain skills and knowledge that will favour any application to study science at one of the more competitive universities.
The one thing we ask of you is commitment. The sessions will commence at 1.45pm and will finish when you have completed the task. Absences need to be requested as several of the activities run over two or three weeks. We hope to coincide with school bus departure times but this cannot be guaranteed.
On university visit days you will obviously be returning later. As a trade-off you will probably not be required to take part in the second enrichment session on Friday unless you wish to do so. Unfortunately, a few pupils have lessons or activities timetabled for a Wednesday afternoon and these will take priority. However, most pupils will be able to include this as one of their enrichment course options.