Heather Ridley (aged 20) and Simon Hobson (aged 32) are both studying towards degrees in Mining Engineering at the specialist mining school based at Exeter University. Camborne School of Mines is the only remaining school dedicated to mining in the UK. Founded in 1888, it became part of Exeter University in 1993 under the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
Heather and Simon chose Kellingley for their educational visit because of our reputation in the mining industry as one of the most successful modern coal mines in the UK. Studies at Camborne School of Mines are mainly based on hard rock extraction which is achieved by drilling and blasting, so coal mining provided a stark contrast for the students to observe as it uses a very different technique with the coal being stripped from a huge panel using sophisticated machinery.
Following the visit, Simon told us “The fact that I got to see the whole process from the coal face through to the control room and to planning the site was very illuminating as it put into a real world context all the theory that I have been accumulating from my degree course over the past 18 months.”