23rd June 2006

 

UK CHEMISTRY CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT UNIVERSITY

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Pupils from a school in Aberdeen have been crowned UK champions after claiming first place in the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition 2006 at the University of Lincoln.

 

Sixth-form pupils from Robert Gordon’s College battled it out with pupils from 15 other schools across the UK in a national schools science competition.

 

Each year the university hosting the final provides three experiments based upon some analytical chemistry theme. As the University of Lincoln has a strong forensic science background the theme for this year’s experiments was forensic chemistry.

 

Runners up were the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the other Scottish regional heat winners Dunblane High School took third place.

 

The Vice President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr Lorraine Gibson, presented the winners with a trophy, book tokens for the students and a cheque for £750 for their school. The second and third placed students were also awarded book tokens and a sum of cash for their schools.

 

Professor of Forensic Science at the University of Lincoln, Peter White, said: “The final ran very successfully and all the 16 regional finalist teams produced work of a very high standard.

 

“The team from Robert Gordon's College were the clear winners and the three sixth-form students representing their school achieved very high marks in all three experiments they were required to complete.”

 

Dr Lorraine Gibson said: “I would like to thank Professor Peter White and staff from the Department of Biomedical Sciences for providing the excellent facilities of the science building for this event and for setting some challenging practical experiments.”  

 

Photo 1 The winning team members from Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, Peter Frampton, Emil Hewage and James Merrett pictured with their teacher Dr. Bob Graham and Dr Lorraine Gibson the Vice-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

Photo 2 Students from Robert Gordon’s College put their chemistry skills to the test

 

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