Congratulations are due to Ashleigh Ruane, an upper sixth Notre Dame student, who recently returned from a very successful trip to Birmingham to take part in the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition.
The National Science and Engineering Competition is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education and aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ashleigh did remarkably well to reach the finals, which meant she was invited to showcase her work at the “Big Bang” Fair, held at Birmingham NEC. The field was very strong; Ashleigh did extremely well and made the final 40, which meant she was presented with a medal and a certificate.
Ashleigh’s stall proved very popular and caught the attention of a member of the Society of Radiological Protection, who took pictures of her work to display at the Society’s annual conference. “He had never seen an application of Physics like it,” said Ashleigh. “He was impressed by high SAR (Scientific Absorption Rate), which is usually controlled in radiotherapy, being actually used as a ‘weapon’ in itself to kill cancer.” She was also interviewed about her research by the venue’s camera crew.
Ashleigh has also been informed that she will be able to continue her research alongside a Master’s degree at The University of York, if she decides to study there in September. She also plans to enter her work into the Google science fair, a worldwide competition with a more diverse range of entrants.
Everyone at Notre Dame is extremely impressed by Ashleigh’s dedication to science and wishes her the very best of luck with her future studies and career. Well done Ashleigh!