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University helps to celebrate A Level achievements

18 December 2008

A local student has been honoured with an award sponsored by the School of Biosciences in recognition of his outstanding A Level achievements.

Nicholas Hopkins was presented with the Cardiff University Best Science Student Award at a special ceremony held in Cardiff this week. Marking the 60th anniversary of the examination awarding body WJEC, the ceremony celebrated the achievements of WJEC’s best A Level students in England and Wales.

Nicholas, a former pupil at the Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School, is currently studying medicine at Cambridge University. As part of his prize, he will be visiting the University in the New Year to meet with Professor Sir Martin Evans, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Nick said: "To be receiving the prize for the sciences was a great achievement for me; not only this, but to be invited to meet Professor Sir Martin Evans as well is simply fantastic. I greatly enjoyed sitting next to Professor Bernard Moxham who made me feel that I had achieved something brilliant throughout the ceremony."

The awards ceremony was hosted by Radio 1 and S4C presenter Huw Stephens and the awards were presented by Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills.

The School of Welsh sponsored two of the WJEC subject award categories, the Cardiff University School of Welsh Award for Welsh as a first language and for Welsh as a second language. These prizes respectively went to Guto Dafydd, former pupil at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, and Robynne Davies, former pupil at Llanishen High School.