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14 April 2010 | PR 10/71

Helping to inspire the next generation of Chemistry students

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School students take part in the ‘Top of the Bench’ competition at Loughborough University

A national competition aimed at inspiring the next generation of chemistry students recently took place at Loughborough University.

The annual ‘Top of the Bench’ competition is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and this year was hosted by the University’s Department of Chemistry.

Young people aged between 14 and 16 from across the country can take part in the contest.  In teams of four their knowledge of chemistry is tested through a series of practical and written exercises, and to make the final they have to win regional heats.

This year a team from North Halifax Grammar School won the ‘Top of the Bench’ competition.  Each team member received gift tokens and £500 for their school to spend on scientific equipment.  The runner-up team was from Northgate Grammar School in Dereham, Norfolk, and the Jacqui Clee award for the most outstanding contribution to the competition was presented to Kimberley Spoors from Egglescliffe School in Cleveland.

For more information about entering next year's competition contact Dr Robert Bowles at the RSC by calling 01223 432340, or emailing education@rsc.org.

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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