15th December 2015
A one day inter-curricular conference entitled ‘God and Big Bang’, organised by the College’s A Level Faculty, provided an exciting opportunity for A Level students to discover, discuss and debate the compatibility of science and faith.
Dr Matt Pritchard, a specialist in atomic physics research (formerly from Durham University), an award-winning magician, comedian and science communicator, gave a key-note talk based on the three core values of Creativity, Excellence and Integrity. Students engaged in further interactive sessions with Tim Middleton, a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford whose research examines active faults at the margins of the Ordos Plateau in north eastern China. Tim’s work with the Geology for Global Development organisation, encourages young geoscientists to use their knowledge of the Earth to help fight poverty and improve lives. A further session by PhD student Amy Johnson, who is currently investigating the neural, cognitive and environmental factors that enable children to succeed despite growing up in a deprived community, gave students an insight into scientific research.
The conference concluded with a thought provoking and animated Q&A session. Said Religious Studies tutor Anna Lewis: “This event allowed students who are studying a huge range of A Level subjects to come together to think about their own opinions and engage in rational, well-reasoned and thought provoking discussion about the place of science and faith - demonstrating education in its broadest sense.”