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UCLan graduate rewarded for academic excellence

24 January 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Leanne receives science industry accredited prize

A forensic science graduate has been recognised for her academic achievements by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Leanne Fullwood has been handed the Best Student Performance Award, accredited by the Forensic Science Society, after she received the highest mark on her course during the final year of her BSc(Hons) Forensic Science degree in 2012.

The 22-year-old first-class honours graduate beat off competition from over 100 of her contemporaries to be named as the winner of the award.  She has been given a year’s free membership of the Forensic Science Society as well as a commemorative plaque and certificate.

Leanne has chosen to continue her studies at UCLan and is taking a Masters degree by research in biomedical spectroscopy; the use of light to identify differences between medical samples, in the division of Chemistry within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences. 

She will spend three months of her course at the FOCAS Institute at the Dublin Institute of Technology to conduct further research.

 

“I’ve been able to specialise in biomedical spectroscopy and I am really enjoying the Masters course. I’d like to complete a PhD in this field in the future.”

The former Exeter resident who now lives in Chorley commented: “I feel very honoured to be given this award. It reflects the hard work I put in during my undergraduate studies and I’ve been able to build on this during my Masters degree.

“I’ve been able to specialise in biomedical spectroscopy and I am really enjoying the Masters course. I’d like to complete a PhD in this field in the future.”

The Dean of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences at UCLan, Dr Allison Jones, presented Leanne with her prize. She said: “Leanne has proved to be an outstanding student, both as an undergraduate and postgraduate, and is a deserving recipient of this award.”