Posted on 15 July 2014
Many congratulations to undergraduate chemistry student Laurie Points, who has been awarded a Salters’ Graduate Prize. Up to ten of these prizes are awarded to final-year undergraduates studying at UK universities. Prizes are awarded on the basis of assessments of the potential of candidates ultimately to occupy leading positions in public life, either by employment in the Chemical or related industries, or more generally in employment that supports the industrial life of the UK.
Many congratulations to Laurie on this richly deserved award. Laurie is a talented and outstanding chemistry student, who has made impressive contributions to the Chemistry Department and the University – from his role as a chemistry mentor, to a college STYC and an Open Day Ambassador. We wish Laurie well in his forthcoming PhD studies at the University of Glasgow.
Professor Richard Taylor, Head of Department.
During his degree Laurie developed a particular interest in green chemistry and environmental sustainability. He completed a summer vacation bursary, played squash for the university and his college, and worked for, and was sponsored by, Muntons (a malt and malted ingredients producer) throughout his degree. He spent the last year of his degree on a placement year with Infineum, an Oxfordshire based world leader in the formulation, manufacturing and marketing of petroleum additives for lubricants and fuels. This provided an excellent opportunity for Laurie to develop a wide variety of technical and transferable skills, and experience life in industry. His work focussed on developing the fundamental understanding of antioxidants for application in engine oils.
Laurie will be graduating this year with a First Class MChem Chemistry degree.
Laurie and Professor Taylor