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Women shine at science awards

UMIST STUDENT Amy Worsell picked up the coveted Science, Engineering & Technology, Best Civil Engineering Student of the Year Award at the Guildhall in London this week.

The award category was sponsored by the ICE and recognised Worsell's contribution to the design of a ferrocement bridge in Manchester's Holdervale Conference Centre.

Chairman of the judges, ICE past president Tony Ridley, said that Worsell was tipped over other shortlisted entries from Simon Newby of Sheffield University and Christine Pardoe of Leeds University, because her team approached the problem in a practical and realistic manner.

The design focused not simply on the academic problem but on health and safety issues, planning constraints and practicalities of construction.

The team, which includes fellow students Paul Williams, Ellen Campbell and Thomas Putman, is set to continue the project next year. Under the guidance of tutor Paul Nedwell, they will produce a design for the 16m span, hollow section deck and hope to see construction begin before they graduate.

The awards, which recognise the best university students across all science, engineering and technology disciplines, were dominated by women, who picked up nine of the thirteen awards plus the overall Student of the Year title.

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