A student has walked away with this year’s top prize at the STEM AwardsBy Sj.Cliff
Holly Bishop, a first year Plymouth University student, has won £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme with Babcock at this year’s Telegraph STEM awards.
The competition involved entrants to coming up with a solution/new technology to solve the problem of patients not taking their medicine at the right time.
Holly’s winning idea was a wristband that vibrates and flashes when medicines are due to be taken, only de-activating when the medication packet is scanned.
The prize was given to Holly by guest judges the science editor of the Telegraph Richard Gray, CEO of Babcock Peter Rogers and Countdown cutie Rachel Riley.
“I was incredibly surprised to find out that I’d won, and it still feels so surreal.“I didn’t just have to design the product, but also had to deliver a 20 minute presentation to three judges, and then answer 10 minutes of questions from them.
“At first I didn’t know what to do with the money, but now I am certain that I want to put it towards developing the product, and helping future generations.
“I am very happy, and I am interested in pursuing this further, but first I have to complete my teaching placement in Newquay, which is going really well.”
Malcom Skingle, Director of Academin Liaison at GSK and Telegraph UK STEM Awards judge, said:
“For a science-led company like ours, standing still is not an option.
“We recognise the crucial role our scientists and engineers play in developing new innovations to take our company forward.
“This is why we are absolutely committed to inspiring the next generation through our future talent programmes including graduates and apprenticeships.
“We know the huge difference just one talented individual, like Holly, can make, not only to the UK science base, but potentially on a global scale.“