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Kate in Cape Town

Our intrepid geologist Kate has made it about as far South as is remotely reasonable to go, to Cape Town in South Africa. Of course, that’s not nearly remote enough for her, and is merely a staging point on her epic journey to Antarctica. Here’s her update:

My field assistant James Linighan (a Master of Science student at Newcastle University) and I checked in 6 bags at Newcastle Airport on Friday the 14th of December for our flight to Cape Town in South Africa. We arrived (thankfully with all our bags intact) and stepped out into the 25°C heat of the South African summer. It’s quite a shock after the cold we’ve been experiencing in Newcastle, but it will be even more of a shock when we arrive in Antarctica on the 18th of December.

While we wait for our flight we have time to sort out our equipment, listen to safety briefings and even lie by the pool at our hotel. Today, we took a cable car up Table Mountain. It’s very famous and the views were spectacular! Cape Town is a very large city with a population of 433,000. You can see most of the city in this photograph. We also collected some of our more extreme polar clothing at The International Polar Foundation’s clothing store. It’s a fabulous warehouse, where you can borrow anything and everything you need to keep you comfortable and warm in Antarctica. I picked up some winter boots, a down jacket, salopettes, goggles, mittens and some mid-layers to keep me all wrapped up and cosy.

Our Antarctic flight leaves tomorrow so as we are all packed and ready to go. I think I will just sit and relax by the hotel pool for a few more hours…

By now Kate should have made it from Cape Town all the way to her destination, but we know she’s going to struggle for an internet connection. With luck she’ll be able to sneak out further updates and maybe even the odd picture or two. We’ll post updates whenever we can, and you can catch up on all things Kate at her page here.

Meanwhile: a very Merry Christmas from us all at NUSTEM. We’ll be back in the new year, rested and ready for another term of shenanigans.

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Josslynne Masters

Case study: Josslynne Masters

Josslynne is currently a lecturer in Ship Stability, Structures and Maintenance and Celestial navigation at South Tyneside College, where she delivers specialist training to Merchant Navy officers from all around the world. 

From Law to Science

Josslynne initially went to college and studied Law, ICT and Economics for one year. However, inspired by sailors like Ellen Macarthur and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Josslynne’s passion for the sea saw her enrolling in a 3 year course at Warsash Maritime Academy in Portsmouth:

I joined the Merchant Navy as a Deck Cadet training to be a Navigation Officer. […] almost all of our work revolves around science and physics, from working out speeds, turning circles and stopping distances to weather forecasting, chemical and gas cargo care and even fire fighting!

Merchant Navy Deck Officer

The Merchant Navy draws from many different areas and skills as Josslynne mentions:

My role was to ensure the ship, her cargo and all the passengers on board remained safe at all times. I was responsible for the planning of, and maintaining, the safe navigation of the vessel as well as being responsible for the health and safety of everyone onboard. If there is an emergency on a ship you cannot call 999 for help […] When in port I was responsible for the safe loading and unloading of cargo as per company and legal requirements, as well as maintaining communications with other vessels and ports.

Driving Licence for Ships and travelling the world

Josslynne is particularly proud of achieving her qualification as deck officer:

I got a Distinction for my HND (Higher National Diploma) in Nautical Sciences and passed my professional ticket which is a little like a driving licence but for a Ship!

One of the best things about her time as a Deck Officer was being able to travel the world and get paid to do it.  Josslynne has sailed to Asia, remote islands in the Pacific ocean, the Norwegian Fjords and even to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, the most northern settlement in the world.

Josslynne’s advice for young people

Look around, not just at the ‘normal’ or ‘obvious’. Go to as many careers fairs as you can and listen to the types of careers that are around. There will always be a career that you had never heard of and that one might just be the one for you!

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Newcastle International Airport

Employer: Newcastle International airport

From newcastle to the world

Air transport is essential for economic growth and development of regions, as it connects people and goods on a local, national and international scale. Newcastle International Airport is no different. In 2017, 5.4 million passengers traveled to and from Newcastle, and the airport itself helped regional businesses to generate £350 million pounds in exports.

From Newcastle Airport you can travel the world with 80 direct flight destinations including a few transatlantic destinations in America.

In this short film you can find more about the airport vision for 2035, when it celebrates it’s 100th birthday.

Complex operation

Running an airport 24/7 and 365 days a year is quite very complex task because it is not just about flying! There are many teams working together to ensure a smooth day-to-day operation of the airport: security services (screening passengers and patrolling premises); passenger services (helping people with reduced mobility to or from aircrafts); fire brigade (ensure a fast response in case of emergency); air traffic control (helping aircraft land and depart safely and on time) to name just a few.


There are  a wide range of different jobs available within the airport that use STEM:

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airport Operations Officer
  • Airside Agent
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aviation Meteorologist
  • Data analyst
  • Fire Fighter
  • Pilot
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Marketing
  • Financial planner

Science and Maths links

Topics in Science and Mathematics that link to Newcastle International Airport.

  • Trigonometry
  • Bearings
  • Statistics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum (especially X-rays and microwaves)
  • Chemical Analysis (in security)
  • Communicable diseases
  • Biodiversity and the effect of humans on different ecosystems

This resource was produced as part of the FutureMe project.