Top Forensics Student to be honoured with Gold Award

(June 05, 2014)

Mark is due to present an award to Forensics student Laura Bailey on Friday 6th June 2014 after she missed out on receiving it at a glittering award ceremony in London in February due to adverse weather conditions.

Laura, won the gold award in the WorldSkills UK National Competition.  The competition took place late last year to find the country’s top apprentices, employers and learners during a three day event at the NEC Birmingham.  

She was due to travel to London to be presented her award in February, however severe weather conditions and train delays prevented her from reaching the event to collect her award. In recognition of her achievement, the University and competition organisers Complete Forensics have invited Mr Hendrick to present her Award during a specially arranged ceremony at the University.

Fellow students from the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire also won awards after securing places in the competition by competing in regional heats throughout the UK. Competitors in the Forensic Science category were required to deliver a 20 minute presentation, collect evidence from a mock crime scene and later give evidence at a mock trial during which their evidence and packaging was scrutinised.  Other categories ranged from Aeronautical Engineering, Network Security and Environmental Science through to Landscape Gardening.

Laura said: “Having won the gold medal for Forensic Science in November last year, I was greatly looking forward to attending the event in London. Unfortunately this was hampered by poor weather and train delays causing me to miss the event. Nevertheless, I am over the moon about receiving this award. Being involved in the WorldSkills UK National Competition was an honour and I would recommend it to any student! It's been a fantastic year for me, and I must take time to thank my lecturers and WorldSkills for this amazing opportunity.”

Mark said: “I have previously visited the Forensic Science Department and been impressed by the excellent resources and teaching facilities on offer for the students undertaking the Forensic Sciences course. The number of successful entrants from one University department in a national competition are testament to the quality of teaching provided. I wish Laura all the best for the future and hope that this deserved recognition kick-starts her career to enable her to rise to the top of her profession.”

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