Double win for graduates of Bath

Two graduates from the University of Bath have won prizes at the national Graduate 100 awards, presented at a dinner in London last week (Wednesday 15 September).

The Graduate 100 is the largest initiative of its kind in Britain and was developed in partnership with leading employers, universities and key industry figures to recognise outstanding students and identify recent graduates who are tipped to become the next generation of leaders.

More than 13,000 graduates from over 70 universities entered the awards with only ten finalists picked out for each of the ten categories covered. This year four of these top 100 graduates came from the University of Bath, with two going on to win.

Andrew Bacon, who graduated with a first class MEng degree, won the Engineering award for his final year project on plasma induced buoyancy. Andrew now works as Assistant Satellite Systems Engineer at Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) based in Frome.

Dr Adrian Evans, the lecturer in Electronic & Electrical Engineering who nominated him, said: “Andrew proposed his own final year project on plasma induced buoyancy, a new and original concept for the next evolution in balloon technology.

“The project was the best MEng project across all the MEng degree programmes in the department.”

Andrew said: "I am honoured and humbled to receive this award that celebrates UK students graduating in 2010. I feel that this is a reflection not only upon me, but upon the quality of teaching at the Electronic Engineering department and the University as a whole for producing two winners.

“I would like to thank all those at the University who taught me through my five years of study and especially Professor Cathryn Mitchell, for providing invaluable support during my final year project."

First Class Honours Architecture graduate Nick Shurey won the Architecture & Built Environment Award for his proposal for a combined monastery/calvados refinery set on the island in front of Pulteney Bridge in Bath. The scheme also proposed returning the Parade Gardens to an orchard providing the apples for the production of eau de vie.

Nick was a finalist for the 3DReid Student Prize and has been entered for the RIBA’s coveted bronze prize for student work.

He said: "I feel very priveleged to have received this award. I believe that it is a testament to the dedication of the entire department, including both staff and students, rather than being an individual achievement. I would like to offer a particluar mention of thanks to our fabulous Head of Year Martin Gledhill, and my individual project tutor Daniel Wong for their support."

Martin Gledhill, Nick’s tutor and Director of Studies for the University’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering nominated him.

He said: “Nick's architectural project was one of the defining schemes of his year group. Not only is he deeply talented, he is wonderfully modest.”

Wassiq Ghaffar, Project Director of Graduate 100, said: “This fantastic result promotes the University of Bath in a very positive light; to have four graduates nominated within three different categories and for two of those to win represents an achievement of the highest order.”

Over 500 guests attended on the night with attendees including industry figures, national media and many leading graduate employers. James Caan from BBC’s The Dragon’s Den was the keynote speaker at the dinner.

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