Former Coleg Cambria learners, who achieved their Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education Diploma in Biosciences, were among 25 special nominees from around the UK to be presented an Award at the Royal Societies' and Gatsby Foundation's Awards Ceremony held at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London recently.
Gemma Lloyd and Carl Shone, along with nine others who studied at the College achieved the Science Council's Registered Science Technician Award, (RSciTech) which is registered status recognising excellence for technicians working in science education, for their successful employer-led research projects. Gemma worked with Inovyn and Carl with Chemical Associates Consultancy.
The learners all received their Award as members of the Royal Society of Biology, except for 3 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) members. This is the first step on becoming a registered scientist and they will now be able to maintain their RSciTech status throughout their university courses and careers.
Chris Mitchell, Coleg Cambria Biology Lecturer who also attended the awards said:
“The RSciTech Scheme enabled our Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education science students to complete rigorous scientific research projects led by local industry employers.
“The 11 successful students all gained an Award for the Science Councils' Registered Science Technician Status on completion of their projects, and they will now be able to maintain this during their careers. All of the students are now studying for science degrees at University. Gemma and Carl were chosen to receive their Awards at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London for producing outstanding projects.”
Victor Morgan, Access to Higher Education Manager at Agored Cymru added: “The RsciTech project has provided learners following an Agored Cymru science based Access to Higher Education Diploma with an opportunity to achieve the first step towards professional body accreditation and form a relationship with the professional scientific community. Ultimately, the project has significantly enhanced the progression to higher education outcomes and career prospects of those adult learners who have participated.”
Carl is now at Exeter University studying Medical Sciences and Gemma is at Wrexham Glyndwr University reading Chemistry with Green Nano-Technology.