Date of release: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Richard McBrideA science student at the University of Greenwich has won a prestigious national prize for his strong academic performance.

Richard McBride was chosen by the Society for General Microbiology for one of its annual undergraduate awards, given to those who have demonstrated outstanding ability in the second year of their degree courses. The awards are also aimed at promoting a greater awareness of microbiology and related subjects.

Richard, who is now in the final year of his Human Nutrition BSc degree, within the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science, wins a cheque for £200 and a certificate from the society.

The award took into account the high quality of his scholarship during his second year at Greenwich.

All universities from across the country can enter second-year students for an award, but the Society chooses only one from each institution, based on best performance.

Richard, 30, studies part-time at the Medway Campus, and says he aims to work within public health when he graduates next year.

He says: “I was apprehensive when beginning the microbiology module last year as it was a relatively new subject to me, but it quickly became a fascinating area of study. I owe a big thank you to all of my lecturers, the assisting staff, and to my peers at the University of Greenwich. I wouldn’t have been able to do as well as I have without their collective support and guidance.”

Richard also had inspiring words for his fellow students at Greenwich. “Whatever your academic goal is, whatever final grade you would like achieve, set it; then raise the bar, push back your limits, and aim higher,” he says.

Dr Elinor Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Plant Science at Greenwich, adds: “It was a pleasure to see Richard gain confidence and enjoy himself in the lab. The academic marks he gained in the microbiology assessments are the highest I have awarded in my time at the University, so his award is really well deserved.”

For more about studying science at Greenwich, see www.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/science; email courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk; or call 020 8331 9000.

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