The Duke of York celebrates the UK's Science, Technology and Engineering Sector


The Duke of York has spent the day visiting a range of businesses and organisations that are part of the UK's growing Science, Technology and Engineering sector.

The Duke of York started his day by visiting Bayer at their base in Reading, where he met local school children who were learning more about STEM subjects at Baylab.

Baylab, which is run by Bayer, is a free laboratory for schools that offers state-of-the-art equipment to encourage an interest in science among young people at an early age.

For a number of years, His Royal Highness has been promoting and raising awareness of British science, technology and engineering expertise.  Find out more on The Duke of York's website.

The Duke then travelled to Harwell Campus, which is a 610 acre site in Didcot, Oxfordshire that houses over £2 billion of world-leading research infrastructure. His Royal Highness has been Patron of the Science of Technology Facilities Council Harwell and Daresbury Campus's since 2010.

His Royal Highness was able to hear from five of the companies that are currently based at the campus in the 'Harwell Space Cluster'.

The Harwell Space Cluster was the first cluster to be established at Harwell Campus following the arrival of the European Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult and UK Space Agency, alongside the longstanding activities of STFC RAL Space. Since 2010 the Harwell Space Cluster has grown from a handful to more than 80 space organisations today, employing over 800 people.

Next, The Duke travelled to Williams Advanced Engineering. Originally formed in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and Sir Patrick Head as a Formula One team and an advanced engineering company, the company now operates a technology and engineering services business.

Williams harness the know-how and expertise learnt in Formula One, such as aerodynamics, advanced lightweight materials, electrification, simulation and training, and full vehicle integration, and apply them to applications outside of motorsport to promote advanced engineering that promotes a sustainable future.

The visit finished with Williams Advanced Engineering being presented with a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The day finished with The Duke visiting Peking University HSBC Business School.

Founded in 1898, Peking University is China's oldest institution of higher learning and the opening of the Oxford campus marks the University's 120th anniversary.

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