***Press Release*** Renowned physicist visits his former school to take pupils on a journey through the cosmos. ***

From Priory School to infinity and beyond

Renowned physicist visits his former school to take pupils on a journey through the cosmos.

Science students at Priory School were held spellbound this week with a special lecture from famous scientist, TV broadcaster and former Priory student Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE.

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The celebrated Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey covered astonishing topics such as time travel, alternative universes and space exploration, and took a range of challenging questions from the inquisitive students.

The lecture was part of the school’s STEM programme designed to inspire the pupils to become future innovators and leaders in technology and engineering industries.

Year 10 student Luke Blay said: “Professor Al-Khalili really inspired me, he was so fascinating. It’s awesome that we have Priory School in common.”

“It has really made me think about studying physics in more depth at university,” he added.

As Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University, Professor Al-Khalili has long been passionate about supporting our next generation of scientists. The lecture was also attended by students from The Petersfield School and Bohunt School in Liphook, partner schools within Bohunt Education Trust.

Priory Headteacher Stewart Vaughan said: “Welcoming such a wonderful role model as former Priory student Professor Al Khalili demonstrates to our students that they can achieve outstanding success, whatever their chosen field, through commitment and hard work.”

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