Posted on September 03, 2015
A Suffolk New College student has been selected as one of the 26 best in the country in her subject area.
Abbigail Sawkins, who recently completed her Access to Higher Education (Science) course, was chosen after impressing assessors in interview.
The 22-year-old was invited to collect her Celebrating Success in Access to HE Diploma Science award at Burlington House in London, the headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
“I was shocked when I found out,” said Abbigail. “I have never achieved anything like this before. And my parents were delighted.
“I had an interview with the assessor, who asked me questions about a project I worked on to test me on my competencies in certain areas.”
Abbigail was quizzed on her research project at Edme in Mistley - a UK malted ingredients supplier that exports malt products across the world.
“We tested different grains for the moisture level to ascertain whether or not they were safe to use for bread-making,” she said. “I really enjoyed working in the lab.”
The award is issued by the Gatsby Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry to the finest students enrolled in the Access to HE Science Diploma scheme.
Abbigail will receive her RSciTech certificate at an awards ceremony in October.
“I have always been interested in science but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I chose the Access course to try out everything and find out for myself – it was an open door to go into more depth.
“I loved being at College. I met some lovely people with different interests and it was like a family.
“I am now planning to take a year out to get some lab experience before going to university next year to study forensic science.”