A Winner is found… Forensic Science finds a new star!
On Saturday 16 November 2013, Mr Andrew Rennison, the Forensic Science Regulator, attended the closing ceremony of The Skills Show 2013, at the NEC, where he presented the Gold Medal to the winner of the first ever Forensic Science competition to be held as part of the World Skills UK.
Mr Rennison presented the medal to Laura Bailey, a student in her third year at the University of Central Lancashire.
Laura completed three tasks and gained the highest points amongst her peers. Beating stiff competition including Jacob Payne (Silver medal) and Claire Pickering (Bronze medal), Laura distinguished herself as a true Champion.
The Forensic Science Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science services across the criminal justice system is subject to an appropriate regime of scientific quality standards and as such has a valid interest into the education Forensic Science students receive in the UK.
C.P.D.M.S. Ltd is the official organising partner of the National Apprenticeship Services for the delivery of the World Skills UK competition in Forensic Science.
Competitors attended heats which were held in Bolton during June 2013 where they were subjected to three elements of competition. After external validation of the results by the NAS the highest placing students from across the competition were invited to attend the finals at the NEC.
Thanks go to our judges Sue Carney (Ethos Forensics), Philip Boyce (Forensic Scientific Ltd) and Adam McCarthy (Aequitas Forensics Ltd) we could not have staged the heats or finals without you.
Images from the finals are available here.
I have never felt so very proud as I watched those young people challenge themselves and then get the rewards for the work and commitment they gave.
I wanted to jump in the air and kick my heals shouting YeaHa!
So much effort went into delivery of this competition and at times I really thought it might not happen. Especially when the negative people turn up in your life and try to upset the apple cart. But that was not allowed to happen and we are now set onto a National Stage. thrust into the limelight with our Champion Laura we will be spreading the word about Forensic Education.
Every time I think to the moment they announced the winner I get quite emotional. A team helped deliver this competition of course but it took insight, determination and not taking no for an answer to get it recognised and off the ground. With the help of The Forensic Regulator, Mr Rennison and Karen Swib-Williams from the Forensic Science Society I truly hope we can increase capacity, engage more educational organisations and deliver a really world class competition in Forensic Science.
The next World Skills International competition is in Rio in 2015. They do not have a Forensic Science category… time to push some more boundaries.
If you would like Laura to visit your educational establishment, organisation or dinner please do get in touch with me. She is a real star. Well done to the Silver medal winner Jacob Payne, the Bronze medal winner Claire Pickering and the Highly Commended Miriam Shellabear. And of course our champion Laura your world will never be the same. Well Done.