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Local pupils top North West schools in biology competition

26 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Manchester Grammar School crowned winner

Sixth form pupils from Manchester Grammar School have triumphed over twenty two other North West schools to be crowned the winners of a biology competition run by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Society of Biology.

The four A-Level biology pupils; Tanmay Dixit, Alvar Paris, Omar Raza and Richard Wu beat their contemporaries after completing ten tasks in areas including natural history, taxonomy and microscopy.

As the winning team they were handed a new microscope for their school and a book each. Tanmay Dixit said: “We really enjoyed taking part in the competition and we are of course really pleased to have won it. It’s been informative and challenging and has given us a good insight into working in a laboratory environment.”

“It’s a fantastic way to engage with young people through science outside of the curriculum and this event is always enthusiastically attended.”

Manchester Grammar School biology teacher Cathryn Morgan commented: “We’re really proud of the students. It’s given them a chance to apply their knowledge to new scenarios and show how much they can excel when presented with a challenge.”

Now in its tenth year, the event is run by UCLan and the Society of Biology to bring together sixth form students thinking about biology in higher education.

Schools and Colleges from Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria all took part in the day’s activities. King George V College, St Wilfrid’s C of E Academy and Sandbach School came second, third and fourth respectively.

“We really enjoyed taking part in the competition and we are of course really pleased to have won it. It’s been informative and challenging and has given us a good insight into working in a laboratory environment.”

Manchester Grammar win UCLan Biology Competition

Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology, said: “It’s a fantastic way to engage with young people through science outside of the curriculum and this event is always enthusiastically attended. It’s important to encourage and motivate our future biologists and today we’ve done just that.”

Dr Leroy Shervington from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at UCLan commented: “As part of our Mission Statement, we strive to work in partnership with business, the community and other educators.

“Once again it was a delight to witness enthusiastic, well focused and organised school and college teams coming together from various areas of the North West to compete in a friendly, cooperative and constructive manner, and as an added bonus, we were blessed with good weather.”