Local employer AstraZeneca gave a group of young Cheshire scientists the chance of look at science in a real working context.

Applied science students from Macclesfield College made a short trip to the company’s nearby facility for a first-hand glimpse of life in the lab. Lecturer Amy White said the visit allowed the students to see many of the techniques they used in the classroom — and even allowed them to try on some kit.

“We visited the microbiology labs and the analytical labs, and viewed processes such as dissolution and high performance liquid chromatography, along with looking at samples of micro-organisms,” she said.

“The students dressed in the full anti-contamination gown worn by workers in the microbiology labs and looked at the intricate work to manufacture medicines and drugs.”

The visit also gave the students a chance to ask questions about pursuing a career in the industry.

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