Three sixth formers from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Abergele, have won praise from a Nobel Prize winner for their research into plant genes, after they gained places on the prestigious Nuffield Foundation project.
Ben Stone, George Goodall and Mike White have all now been offered places to study sciences at Cardiff University – where the genetic scientist Professor Sir Martin Evans – 2007 Nobel Prize winner for medicine – is Chancellor.
Tackling crop shortages due to climate change was their area of research. They spent five weeks at Aberystwyth University’s world-renowned plant sciences department, working on gene projects, researching what makes some plants more resilient to drought and pests. At the end they presented their findings at a research symposium in Cardiff, where they were handed awards by Professor Evans.
Ben, 18, from Kinmel Bay, is now planning to study for a biology degree after this summer’s A levels. He said: “ We mainly worked on computers with the project, editing details of the plants.
“I really enjoyed my time there and it has helped me to decide what to study at university. I’ve got offers of places and I am sure that my time with the Nuffield Foundation helped with my applications.”
Mike, 17, is aiming to study chemistry, after being inspired by the project. “We all got offers from five universities, without needing to do interviews, which is unusual.
The research involved a lot of computer work, explained 17-year-old George, from Kinmel Bay, and that has helped shaped his decision to study mechanical engineering.
“This was a great experience, which I found really interesting. I am very interested in computers and this project has shown me how different parts of the world of science come together.”
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Sam Roberts has had a passion for many years. He runs a website about the ghostsigns in Britain’s towns. He even plots walking tours of places like London where you can look at these signs. These are the old signs which have been forgotten. In response to a special request from Sam on Twitter, here are two plus one which has been painted over here in Abergele, and here they are:
Darren Millar AM returned to his old school to congratulate Lee Cummins on his first year as headteacher of Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan. Mr Cummins said:
“During the past year we have been able to enhance the facilities at the school, with investment in ICT, with improvements for many of the study facilities for learners of all ages and abilities. I am also excited by future plans for the school.”
Mr Millar attended the school in the late 1980s. He returned to meet up with Mr Cummins to hear about his latest plans, before joining a group of Year Seven Learners in the school library.
The school, which dates back to 1899, has more than 1,100 learners with 140 teaching and support staff.
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