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Broadening Horizons

Barnes Wallis Academy students meet Professor Brian Cox

Three lucky students from Barnes Wallis Academy were VIP guests at Professor Brian Cox’s recent sell out lecture at The Engine Shed in Lincoln.

Thanks to the support of the Jon Egging Trust, Mason Warren, Abbie Taylor and Luke Heath had the opportunity to watch Professor Cox’s lecture and meet the man himself.

The students, who all participate in the Jon Egging Trust’s Blue Skies programme, were treated to a show which featured a fascinating talk on cosmology and the Red Shift Theory, a topic that they are currently studying at GCSE. They then had the chance to have a private tutorial from Professor Cox, and ask lots of questions about the universe and the potential for alien life.  

Mason Warren was thrilled to attend the event. He said: “This is the best day of my whole life, I cannot believe I have had the opportunity to meet one of my all time heroes.”

Abbie Taylor also described the evening as “the best school trip ever!”, after receiving a signed 'Red Shift' T-shirt as a souvenir. 

Barnes Wallis Academy has strong links with the Jon Egging Trust, with many students participating in the JET and Blue Skies programmes throughout the year. 

Emma Day, Vice Principal, said: “This was an amazing experience for our students to have their own personal tutorial from Brian Cox – it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Barnes Wallis Academy is proud to work in partnership with the Jon Egging Trust, and particular thanks must go to Dr Emma Egging, CEO, who arranged this fantastic trip for us.”

The Jon Egging Trust was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging, who tragically lost his life at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Jon was passionate about inspiring young people through his love of flying. The Jon Egging Trust realises his dream of supporting young people to reach their full potential.