The conference was open to students of all abilities and endeavours to ensure that lower academic scoring and less privileged schools were in attendance. Of the 18 schools attending, at least six schools had more than 30 per cent of their students receiving free school meals and come from many different ethnicities. English is not the main language spoken at home for more than half of students attending.
Professor Annie Bligh, Dean Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster said: "We are delighted to have hosted the 14th Annual Science4u Schools Day and to be collaborating with Science4u in promoting the many exciting opportunities for young people to become career scientists.
“The world has transformed radically since 1838, when the University of Westminster first started showcasing the technologies and educating the scientists, for careers that can improve the world we live in.
“A world in transformation is a challenging one, holding so many exciting opportunities for you. Please enjoy and make full use of your day and keep in touch,” she told participating students.
A Science4u spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate again with the University of Westminster. This central location has fabulous facilities and has enabled us to accommodate more students than in previous years and run an expanded interactive stands section. In addition, the range of scientific careers on offer will be expanded. Finally, it enables the students, many for the first time, to see and experience a University atmosphere.”