Earlier today, Ms Pringle (Sciences), Mr Corson (CDT) and I enjoyed a working lunch with Professor Muneer at Napier University. Professor Muneer has a particular interest in research on Solar Energy and maximising our usage of renewable energies. We also spoke about current research on wind energy. At our meeting we discussed how Gillespies can work with the university to enhance what and how we teach . We also had an opportunity to view some of the exciting research work currently being undertaken as well as meeting with students in the latter stages of their degree courses. I was particularly impressed by a project being undertaken by a 3rd year student on maintaining a steady temperature in a greenhouse by storing solar energy underground and releasing it during hours of darkness.
In the coming months I am enthusiastic about organising presentations to pupils from researchers (e.g. Professors and PHD students) and to tap into the wealth of knowledge and expertise at the university. Additionally, we will explore how a number of our school based departments can work collaboratively on projects relating to renewable energies. I have no doubt that Scotland will continue to lead the way on developing renewable energies in the years to come and I am keen that Gillespie's pupils are able to pursue this as an option to study if they wish.