The University of Bolton welcomed students to its inaugural Kinematics course, with students spending three days learning about motorsport engineering. One hundred and fifty students came from far and wide for the introductory course on how mathematics and physics are applied to make cars go fast.

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The Kinematics course is trying to address the skills shortages that we have in the UK,’ said Provost and CEO of the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, Dr Zubair Hanslot.

‘We are in desperate need for more graduates holding STEM based qualifications. The course has allowed my team to educate the young students that a career in technology, science or engineering will not only provide graduates with a higher earning potential but that it is also sustainable in terms of employment prospects.’

Speakers at the event included Motorsport, Formula 1 and Aerodynamics Specialist Willem Toet and also professional racing drivers Anna Walewska, Nathan Freke and Kelvin Fletcher who drove on the track to allow students to see for themselves how calculated adjustments using principles of applied dynamics affect performance and behaviour of the cars.

Willem Toet (pictured) worked as Head of Aerodynamics at the Ferrari, Benetton and Sauber Formula 1 teams and spoke to students about the secrets of aerodynamics at the top level of motorsport.

Students took part in sessions on track telematics at Wigan’s Three Sisters race course where the University has secured sole use for eight hours per week from next academic year.

They also tested composite samples in the University’s state-of-the-art laboratories and used Newton’s equations of motion in predicting cause and effect.

 

ADDRESSING SKILLS SHORTAGES IN THE UK

‘We are in desperate need for more graduates holding STEM based qualifications. The course has allowed my team to educate the young students that a career in technology, science or engineering will not only provide graduates with a higher earning potential but that it is also sustainable in terms of employment prospects.’

Provost and CEO of the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, Dr Zubair Hanslot.

 

The course also featured a quiz night where one student won a year’s free tuition, worth £9,000, for an engineering or STEM-based degree of their choice at the University of Bolton. Two other students received a 50 per cent discount on one year’s tuition fees, worth £4,500 each.

Francesca Adams from Bolton School was the overall winner with Afiba Annor and Chelsea Louise Murphy the runners-up.

The quiz tested the students’ understanding of Kinematics and what they had learnt over the three days.

‘I have been racing cars for four years and attending the Kinematics event opened my eyes to how physics and engineering knowledge is used to improve a car’s performance,’ said Emmerdale actor and racing driver Kelvin Fletcher.

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 Pictured from left to right Afiba Annor, Kelvin Fletcher, Chelsea Louise Murphy and Francesca Adams