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International Day of Women & Girls in Science

Science students Bedford College Group
Science is a key component of so many great educational choices these days, and young women are stepping up to embrace the subject.

The Bedford College Group offers a wide range of career-orientated courses, for everyone, which include science in the curriculum across its Beds and Northants campuses:

New for September 2021 at Bedford College, Tresham College Kettering and Corby are: 

BTEC and Level 3 in Applied Science (Biomedical and Analytic Forensics, Environmental and Food Science) Extended Diploma.


T-Levels in Health and Science combining real work experience with classroom studies.

Well-established courses leading to degrees include Computing Sciences, and Animal Sciences at the Shuttleworth College parkland campus near Biggleswade.

At The Bedford Sixth Form in Bromham Road, students can opt A Levels or Extended Diplomas in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Science and Forensics.

At that location are two of the inspirational female science teachers:

Rebecca Gaitskell, Teacher of Biology and Applied Science is a former Forensic Scientist who worked of for the Home Office on the pioneering DNA database.

Dr Deepshikha received her PhD degree from the Department of Chemistry, Amity University, India. Her PhD work (Synthesis and characterization of composites based on polyaniline-gold/graphene nanosheets”) was selected as the best published paper of 2012 by Springer KASCT, Saudi Arabia. After completing her PhD she joined Peking University, Beijing, China as a post-doctoral fellow. She got selected as Young International Scientist in the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. She published more than 15 research papers in various international journals.  Her research interests are focused on Carbon Nanomaterials (graphene), material analysis, modification of surfaces, graphene functionalization, graphene-based optoelectronic devices & energy materials, Nanostructured conducting polymers and Polymer nanocomposites-based Biosensors (Glucose, Hydrogen Peroxide, Cholesterol) for diagnosis of human diseases. She has also got accreditation for “HEA Fellow UK”.

Jo Baxter standing in front of Tresham College Kettering Campus

Dr Jo Baxter

STEM, which means Science, Technology, Education and Maths, has long been an area  in which The Bedford College Group has led the way with women:

  • Director of Technology, which includes Science, is Dr Jo Baxter
  • Head of Computing, with an award-winning team is Paula Hobday
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