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British Cycling Head of Technology to launch Truro High School’s Aspiring Engineers Programme

The Cambridge Professor who has been using his F1 expertise for British Cycling is set to visit Truro High School for Girls this week to launch its bespoke engineering programme with a one-off evening lecture.

Professor Tony Purnell, the former F1 team principal who heads up the Research and Innovation division at British Cycling, will visit the school for a special evening lecture on Thursday 18 October at 7pm.

British Cycling’s million-pound research and development department – ‘Room X’ as it is now known and formerly ‘The Secret Squirrel Club’ – is the envy of the world. The team search for ways to get marginal gains utilising technological advances across sport, science, industry and the military.

The lecture will offer the county’s cycling aficionados a rare insight into this world renowned research and the opportunity to quiz Professor Purnell as he discusses “Engineering an Olympic Sport.”

Focussing on the Rio Olympics, the lecture will concentrate on the strategic approach to British Cycling’s quest for marginal gains, with the intention that attendees can see how taking a systems level approach and looking at the big picture can be applied across many sports and in the running of almost any enterprise. 

The lecture begins at 7pm this Thursday 18 October at Truro High School for Girls in the Piran Theatre. The event is free of charge however spaces are limited so please email to reserve your place today. 

The lecture marks the official launch of the school’s bespoke programme for students wishing to embark on a career in engineering. The Aspiring Engineers Programme runs a tailored calendar of lectures, workshops, mentoring and one-to-one support from industry experts throughout the year, aiming to best prepare students to pursue their career aspirations and gain places on their chosen university courses.

Published by: Grace Kennard
Categorised in: News

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