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5 August 2005 PR 05/79

Loughborough graduate scoops chemical industry honour

A Loughborough University graduate has won the chemical industry’s prestigious ‘Young Ambassador Award 2005’.

Leanne Hart, who studied in the Department of Chemical Engineering, beat off stiff competition from across the country to win the title.

The ambassador award tests the ability, enthusiasm and leadership skills of young people working in the chemical industry. It identifies outstanding entrants who appreciate the issues and challenges faced by the industry, and who can easily convey to others the importance of chemicals to us all in every day life. Organised by the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and sponsored by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA), the award is a real chemical industry honour.

As winner of the award Leanne will be an official ambassador for the chemical industry, actively working to raise awareness of how the chemical industry contributes to society and the exciting career opportunities it offers young people.

Leanne, 24, lives in Hartlepool and is a process engineer working for AMEC, an international project management and services company based in Darlington. Speaking about the award she said: “There are massive opportunities available in the chemical industry which are far too often overlooked. I will be proud to represent an industry that can offer so much to so many.”

Professor Richard Wakeman, head of the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering added: “We are delighted that Leanne has won this prestigious award. She will be an excellent ambassador for the chemical industry, and for the University.”

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  1. A photograph of Leanne is available upon request to the Public Relations Office.
  2. 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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