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Preston’s young chemists will fly the flag for Lancashire

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan hosts regional leg of national competition  

Pupils from Fulwood Academy will represent Lancashire in a national science competition after beating off other schools in a local heat held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Top of the Bench annual competition is open to 13-16 year-old pupils and aims to spark an interest in chemistry from a young age. UCLan’s chemistry experts tested the pupils with some tough periodic table themed time challenges.

The four pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 at Fulwood Academy; Destiny Buck, 13, Karam Kaur, 14, Stuart Lamb, 15, and Louis Hacking, 16, beat off competition from Hutton Grammar and Montgomery High School in the Lancashire final.

"The competition is a great enrichment activity and shows how exciting science can be; all of the pupils particularly enjoyed a tour of UCLan’s science laboratories.”

Fulwood Academy pupils to represent Lancashire

UCLan's Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Dr Rob Smith (right) is pictured with Fulwood Academy pupils Louis Hacking, Karam Kaur, Destiny Buck and Stuart Lamb.

Head of Sciences at Fulwood Academy Peter Milburn said: “I’m very proud of the students for doing so well and having the opportunity to represent Lancashire against other schools from across the country. The competition is a great enrichment activity and shows how exciting science can be; all of the pupils particularly enjoyed a tour of UCLan’s science laboratories.”

“UCLan is proud to host this annual competition which always attracts a high calibre of entrants."

Pupils from Fulwood Academy take the trophy

(Pictured above: Destiny Buck, Dean of the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences Allison Jones, Stuart Lamb, Karam Kaur and Louis Hacking.)

UCLan Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Dr Rob Smith commented: “UCLan is proud to host this annual competition which always attracts a high calibre of entrants. The young chemists from Fulwood Academy have shown great enthusiasm and aptitude and I wish them luck in the national final.”

The RSC Top of the Bench final will take place later this month when participants will be tested on their factual chemical knowledge and take part in a practical chemical problem solving team exercise.