On Saturday 16 November 2013, Mr Andrew Rennison, the Forensic Science Regulator, attended the closing ceremony of The Skills Show 2013, at the NEC, where he presented the Gold Medal to the winner of the first ever Forensic Science competition to be held as part of the World Skills UK.
Mr Rennison presented the medal to Laura Bailey, a student in her third year at the University of Central Lancashire.
Laura completed three tasks and gained the highest points amongst her peers. Beating stiff competition including Jacob Payne (Silver medal) and Claire Pickering (Bronze medal), Laura distinguished herself as a true Champion.
The Forensic Science Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science services across the criminal justice system is subject to an appropriate regime of scientific quality standards and as such has a valid interest into the education Forensic Science students receive in the UK.
C.P.D.M.S. Ltd is the official organising partner of the National Apprenticeship Services for the delivery of the World Skills UK competition in Forensic Science.
Competitors attended heats which were held in Bolton during June 2013 where they were subjected to three elements of competition. After external validation of the results by the NAS the highest placing students from across the competition were invited to attend the finals at the NEC.
Thanks go to our judges Sue Carney (Ethos Forensics Ltd), Philip Boyce (Forensic Scientific Ltd) and Adam McCarthy (Aequitas Forensics Ltd).
Images from the finals are available here.
Images of the heats are available here as well as the official Flicker site for the NAS.