Prestigious New Award Announced for Top GCSE Student

Prestigious New Award Announced for Top GCSE Student

September 3, 2019

Craigavon, N.I., 03 Sep 2019 – Following two successful years of the Sloane McClay Awards the Hans Sloane Trust and Almac Group are pleased to announce the addition of a third award offering.

The awards, presented in January each year, and set up in memory of two of Northern Ireland’s most forward-thinking scientists, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, Sir Hans Sloane and Sir Allen McClay, are designed to recognize Northern Ireland’s top ‘A’ level and GCSE students.

The Hans Sloane Medal for the top student obtaining the highest combined marks in biology, chemistry and physics at ‘A’ level and the Sloane McClay (Triple) Award for the top student at GCSE obtaining the highest combined marks in biology, chemistry, physics and maths will now be accompanied by a new Sloane McClay (Double) Award offered to students studying double award science and maths.

In addition to cash awards, certificates and, of course, the awards themselves, the winners of the Sloane McClay (Triple) Award and the Sloane McClay (Double) Award will also be invited to complete work placement with Almac during their ‘AS’ level year.

This month, school principals will receive an e-letter from National Museums NI and Almac, on behalf of the Hans Sloane Trustees, inviting them to nominate their top performing students by early November. Winning students, and their families, will be invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony in the Ulster Museum on Thursday 9th January 2020, to recognize their individual achievements.

Dr Sally Montgomery, Chairman Hans Sloane Memorial Fund, said: “We are delighted to announce the addition of a third award through our partnership with Almac. We are also grateful to CCEA who assist us with information from local examinations and school principals, who can nominate students taking alternative examination boards. We look forward to another year of celebrating local excellence.”

Dr Frances Weldon, STEM Outreach Manager at Almac, said: “We are delighted to expand our partnership to include the Sloane McClay (Double) Award for students studying double award science and maths at GCSE.  Almac Group is committed to supporting and encouraging young people to study STEM subjects and share our vision to advance human health by pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

“We hope that recipients of both the Hans Sloane Medal and the Sloane McClay Triple and Double Awards will continue to make a difference to knowledge, understanding and society in the same way Sir Allen McClay and Sir Hans Sloane did and we look forward to welcoming the Sloane McClay Award winners to Almac to complete placements.”

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Notes to Editor

‘A’ level student with the highest combined score in biology, chemistry and physics

  • 1st Prize winner receives the Hans Sloane Bronze Medal, a certificate and a check for £500
  • 2nd Prize winner receives a certificate and a check for £300
  • 3rd Prize winner receives a certificate and a check for £150

GCSE Students with the highest combined score in biology, chemistry, physics and maths

  • 1st Prize winners receive a Sloane McClay (Triple) Award, a certificate, invitation to undertake work experience placement at Almac Group for an agreed time period and a check for £250
  • 2nd Prize winners receive a certificate and a check for £150
  • 3rd Prize winners receive a certificate and a check for £50

GCSE Students with the highest combined score in double award science and maths

  • 1st Prize winners receive a Sloane McClay (Double) Award, a certificate, invitation to undertake work experience placement at Almac Group for an agreed time period and a check for £250
  • 2nd Prize winners receive a certificate and a check for £150
  • 3rd Prize winners receive a certificate and a check for £50

About The Hans Sloane (Memorial Fund) Trust

The Hans Sloane (Memorial Fund) Trust, in partnership with National Museums NI, was established in 1960 to commemorate the life and work of the notable Killyleagh surgeon and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). Sloane promoted inoculation against smallpox, the use of quinine (a treatment for malaria) and the health-giving properties of drinking chocolate mixed with milk. Sloane’s collection became the foundation of the British Museum.

About Almac Group
‘Partnering to Advance Human Health’

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organization that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. The services range from R&D, biomarker discovery development and commercialization, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IRT (IVRS/IWRS) through to commercial-scale manufacture.

The international company is a privately-owned organization that has organically grown over 50 years and now employs over 5,000 highly skilled personnel.

Almac is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with 17 operations across Europe, the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and Asia (Singapore and Tokyo).

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