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5 May 2005 PR 05/34

Chemistry student awarded AstraZeneca bursary

A first-year chemistry student at Loughborough University has been selected to receive a bursary from pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.

Christopher Bartlett, who is studying for a BSc in chemistry, was presented with the award on Friday, 6 May, by Tom McInally and Eric Merifield, who are both chemists at AstraZeneca. As part of the bursary he will receive £1,000 each academic year, as well as the opportunity to work at AstraZeneca during his year in industry.

Pictured from the left is Tom McInally, Christopher Bartlett and Eric Merifield.

Dr Paul Lucas, a lecturer in the University’s Department of Chemistry said: “Christopher is a very talented student and thoroughly deserves this bursary. We very much appreciate AstraZeneca’s support, their commitment to the study of chemistry at higher education level and their selection of Loughborough as one of their recipients of this award.”

Tom McInally added: “Our company needs top chemists for its future success and recognises that not enough young people are studying chemistry at university or pursuing careers in this field. With this unique awards scheme we aim to encourage more teenagers to study this topic and become the chemists of tomorrow.”

AstraZeneca invests £200,000 each year in its chemistry bursary scheme, and around 150 students studying at 23 different universities across the UK currently benefit from it. A further fifty students will enter the scheme in October 2005.

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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