Careers in science were put under the microscope during a heart dissection demonstration at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
The event saw Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust consultant cardiologist, Dr Ranjit More, deliver a lecture on surgical techniques in front of a record audience at Blackpool’s University Centre on Park Road.
Jagjit Walia, B&FC Curriculum Leader for Science - who organised the event, said: “I was delighted by the amount of people who attended to see this fascinating demonstration from Dr More.
“There was so much interest from the public that we had to move the event from our classroom laboratory into the College theatre.
“To see that level of interest in scientific practices was heartening and many people I spoke to were considering a career in science.
“Following the lecture, there was also the opportunity for anyone interested to have a go at dissecting a heart themselves in our science labs.
“These are the type of skills our BSc Human Bioscience students learn which allow them to embark on scientific careers in local and central government, the food and pharmaceutical industries and forensic or laboratory sciences on graduating.
“Following the success of this event, we will be looking at other lectures we can put on which increase people’s understanding of the scientific world.”
The latest research by Blackpool and The Fylde College revealed that careers in science are among the most rewarding in the region, with an average salary of £40,200 for the 201,700 jobs and 7,800 annual vacancies on offer in the North West.
B&FC delivers science programmes from Level 2 courses to BSc Hons degrees in Human Biosciences and Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management.