Close encounter of the royal kind for science students

Trafford College students from the Centre for Science and Technology were given the opportunity of a lifetime last week when they got the chance to meet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Manchester visit at the National Football Museum on Friday 14 October .

Six lucky science students were invited to the event by Manchester City Council after leaving a lasting impression following their recent participation in the Great Science Share event, which took place earlier this year as part of Manchester’s year as the European City of Science.


The group, along with their Lecturer, Ashley Kennedy, were introduced to the Duchess of Cambridge and enjoyed chatting with her about their course at the College and their aspirations for the future. While they were talking with the Duchess, they were thrilled to also be joined by the Duke who asked the Level 3 Year 2 Applied Science students about the opportunities they’d received whilst studying at a specialist STEM Centre, and which aspects they’d enjoyed the most. The royal couple also shared some anecdotes with the students about their own experiences studying science and wished the students well on the next step in their journey towards becoming STEM professionals.

HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prrince William and Kate Manchester royal visit to manchester Town Hall and The National Football Museum

HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Manchester royal visit to manchester Town Hall and The National Football Museum

The students were also very excited to meet the Lord Mayor of Manchester and his consort, and spoke with him about the Great Science Share and the importance of the College’s relationships with local STEM industries in Greater Manchester, which have provided the students with so many new opportunities with local employers.

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge meets Lecturer Ashley Kennedy

Ashley Kennedy commented, “This has been such a fantastic opportunity for the students and the college, and what a wonderful visit for us to enjoy. I was bursting with pride at how wonderfully the students conducted themselves and spoke so passionately about their studies and their plans for the future. I’m sure this is a day they will never forget.”

Student Tom Plunkett said of his experience, “The royals were so relatable and asked us lots of questions about our studies and what we wanted to do in the future. It’s a day I’ll remember for a very long time.”

Fellow student Leigh Latham added, “It was a really inspiring moment meeting the royals; they were so down to earth and told us some great stories from their own experiences of their science lessons. Kate is absolutely beautiful!”

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