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Science Department Receives Industry-Standard Equipment Donation

Truro College's Science Department has recently been bolstered by a significant donation from Impact Fluid Solutions.

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Published Tuesday 23 April 2024

Truro and Penwith College’s Science students are excited to get to grips with a high-end Particle Size Analyser that has been generously donated by Truro-based Impact Fluid Solutions UK. 

Particle size analysis is a method used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, building and water treatment to calculate the properties of a particle and how it will act under varying conditions. 

The cutting-edge process provides crucial information for industries to manipulate materials or manufacturing conditions to improve products and services or achieve cost-efficiencies and is a valuable career-ready skill for the College’s students. 

The donation of the Malvern Mastersizer 2000 will be used to enhance the learning experience of the 19+ Access to Science students at the college, who study particles as part of the course that prepares them for progression to University. 

The Malvern Mastersizer 2000, a renowned instrument for measuring particle size, has been a staple in Impact Fluid Solutions’ operations for several years, with the company keen to make the donation and forge stronger ties with Truro and Penwith College. 

Phil Bowles, Senior Scientist at Impact Fluid Solutions commented: “We were very happy to receive an enthusiastic response from the college and that they agree with our view of the suitability of the Mastersizer 2000 as a useful learning tool. It is still a reliable and common instrument used across many industries, e.g. pharmaceuticals, paints & coatings, cosmetics, mining, construction, food and the wider energy area, not just oil and gas. 

“We believe that students currently studying on all levels of course at Truro-Penwith College will find the piece of equipment a key element to understanding real life applications of materials, gaining employable skills. We look forward to helping the college get the best out of the instrument with their students over the next few years.” 

With the donation in place, the College is poised to provide its students with hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment, preparing them for future careers in science-related fields.  

Truro College Alumni Phoebe Priest, now studying veterinary science at Bristol University recently completed the Access to Science Diploma and commented: “It is the perfect steppingstone to university and gave me an opportunity to apply for a degree I was passionate about. With the help of my tutors and lectures I applied for Veterinary medicine/science degrees and managed to get 3 interviews and two offers!”  

If you are looking to take the first step towards your dream career, you can find out more about Access diplomas available on your doorstep by visiting www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/access  

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