Biology Students Strike Gold in British Olympiad and Challenge

Biologists from Ellesmere took on the nation in the latest British Olympiad and Biology challenge, which aims to test and stimulate students with a genuine interest in Biology.

Ellesmere students were rewarded for their efforts with a host of medals and certificates, which included 7 Gold's, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze, 12 highly commended and 10 commended. Sixth Form student Nina Handzewniak, 17, also achieved one of the highest scores in the competition to take her through to compete for a place on the national team.

The competition, organised by UK Biology Competitions (UKBC), allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised. It is hoped that competing in the challenges will encourage students already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue their study beyond A-level.

The first British Biology Olympiad competition for schools affiliated to the Institute of Biology (IoB) took place in 1995 and this year it has attracted a record number of entries from over 5000 students and fifty schools and colleges. This year the Biology department surpassed all previous years, achieving seven gold medals, the first time any students have achieved this since starting the competition.

This year's awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Society in London, where students will be able to meet Professor Alice Roberts, who has presented a range of programmes on BBC2 including Coast, Wild Swimming, The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy.

Head of Biology, Reuban Strain, said "Our biologists have once again shown that they have an excellent understanding of the subject and have worked hard to ensure that their knowledge is not confined to that which is prescribed by the exam board. At Ellesmere we believe that it is imperative in a subject like Biology that our students keep abreast of all the latest events in the subject and these results are testament to this."

16th June 2014  Back to News