Forensic Science and Cyber Security students celebrate WorldSkills UK triumph
A student who was told she would fail her Science exams at school has won gold for Forensic Science at a prestigious skills event.
Two Wrexham Glyndwr students triumphed at the prestigious WorldSkills UK national finals, taking gold and silver medals. WorldSkills organises the world championships of vocational skills, and the UK championships is the country’s biggest competitive skills and careers event.
The finals took place at the end of last year, at which Glyndwr’s Paige Tynan took the gold medal in Forensic Science, and fellow student Jake Sumner taking silver in the Cyber Security category.
Paige, who graduated from the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Foundation Year programme, is currently undertaking a PhD at Glyndwr.
She said: “From being told at school I’d fail my science exams to winning the gold medal in Forensic Science at the Worldskills UK final is just incomprehensible.
“I am really grateful for my Forensic Science lecturer who helped me prepare for this moment. I am really excited to see what opportunities competing in the Worldskills final has opened up.”
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, Amy Rattenbury, added: “This is the first time we have had a student enter the competition so for her to come away with a gold medal is a phenomenal achievement.
“This will no doubt open the door for more of our student the get involved in skills development activities going forward.
“Paige continues to showcase what a transformative journey she has had at the University and her demonstration of such high class technical expertise through this platform will lead her to even more opportunities for training and career progression going forward.”
Cyber Security student Jake Sumner said he was delighted to achieve second in his category, taking home the silver medal.
Jake said: “I never expected to get beyond the regional heat, so to come second in the UK final was completely unexpected. The competition was challenging, as it tested your ability across a variety of areas.
“Although it was challenging, it was a great experience and it gave me something to focus on, as well as a sense of achievement for participating.
“I’m extremely grateful for all the support I’ve had during the competition and if it wasn’t for former lecturer, Leanne Davies, I wouldn’t have even thought about entering the competition.
“Throughout the competition I’ve gained new skills and explored areas that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to explore if I hadn’t competed.
“I will continue working on developing the skills I’ve gained and I’m looking forward to seeing what opportunities arise from competing in the WorldSkills UK Final.”