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Ex-Notre Dame Student Makes Big Bang

First Female Physicist to Receive Laidlaw Scholarship.

Congratulations to ex-student Ashleigh Ruane who has been awarded the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship at the University of York.

Ashleigh came to us from Abbey Grange Church of England High School, and studied A level Biology, Maths and Physics while at Notre Dame. After attaining grades A*BB respectively, she secured a place at the University of York to study a four year MSc Physics course.

While in her second year at York, Ashleigh applied for the Laidlaw Scholarship and was selected to participate in the programme. The scholarship aims to equip ‘self-motivated and ambitious undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields.’ (https://www.york.ac.uk/students/finance/bursaries-scholarships/laidlaw/)

The scholarship will provide the opportunity for Ashleigh to complete a research project over two consecutive summers, and take part in an accredited leadership development programme, leading to a level 5 Chartered Management Institute qualification. Ashleigh is the first female physics student to be awarded the scholarship.

During the summers of 2018 and 2019, Ashleigh will be researching nanoparticle technology, which has the potential to be used for the cleansing of polluted water. The applications of this technology could have a radically positive impact on the environment and the lives of everyone on the planet.
There is a possibility that Ashleigh will be able to continue her research at PHD level once she completes her current course.

Ashleigh’s mother Mrs. Ruane, who contacted the college to make us aware of Ashleigh’s success, said: ‘Notre Dame really helped Ashleigh to understand about things like the Big Bang theory. You should be proud of her achievement which is due in big part to your kindness. Teachers at Notre Dame really want to help students.’

We wish Ashleigh all the best with her degree, her research, and her bright future which may well lie in the field of nanotechnology.