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Chemical Engineering Student Wins Salter Graduate Prize

May 16

Nicole Perrin Salter Prize x 528

Final year chemical engineering student Nicole Perrin has been awarded a national Salter Graduate Prize.

The Salter Graduate Prize is highly competitive and is awarded to just 10 individuals graduating in either chemistry or chemical engineering from across the country. 

Prizes are awarded on the basis of assessments of the potential of candidates ultimately to occupy leading positions in public life, either by employment in the chemical or related industries, or more generally in employment that supports the industrial life of the UK. 

The selectors particularly look for:

•  Intellectual ability

•  Capacity to initiate

•  Ability to communicate effectively

•  Ability to enlist the co-operation of others, whether colleagues or subordinates

•  A concern for the future of the UK industrial base

The awarding body is The Salters’ Institute, the charitable branch of The Salters’ Company, one of the 12 great livery companies of London. They play a major role in the support of chemistry and related teaching throughout the UK and the encouragement of young people into the UK chemical industries.

One student from each chemical engineering and chemistry university department across the UK was nominated, and after an initial application round, Nicole had to attend a series of interviews at the Salter Institute in London. The panels consisted of Salter Institute members, esteemed members of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and distinguished industry leaders.

‘I was honored to even be nominated for this award by the Loughborough Chemical Engineering Department, so to have won a prize is an absolutely incredible feeling. There were some very strong candidates at the interview day, however I was pleased with how the interviews went and felt that I managed to convey my enthusiasm for the subject. I was thrilled when I received the news of my success just a few days later.’

Nicole is the first Loughborough student to win a Salter Graduate Prize since 2011, and she now joins a long list of Loughborough alumni who also hold the award. There is a cash prize associated with the award of £1000 which Nicole hopes to spend on furthering her extracurricular language skills through an immersion course in France. Nicole already holds an Engineering Leadership Advanced Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

‘I am very much looking forward to the opportunities that having this award will present to me. I hope that the next generation of Loughborough chemical engineers will be inspired to strive to achieve one of these awards also.’

For details on the Salter Graduate Prize or Royal Academy of Engineering awards please visit: http://saltersinstitute.co.uk/prizes/graduate-prizes/ and http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/schemes-for-students/engineering-leadership-advanced-awards  


Picture Caption: 

Head of Department of Chemical Engineering Professor Richard Holdich congratulates Nicole at the annual department dinner.


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