Smith Congratulates Highland Pupil For Scooping Prestigious Gold CREST Award

25 October 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, an alternate member of the Parliament's Culture and Education Committee has today written to a Highland school pupil to congratulate her for her award winning research into rural road accidents.

Rachel Earith- a fifth year pupil from Dingwall Academy, spent five weeks working with University of Aberdeen academics, investigating where and when the majority of road accidents take place, and who is most likely to be involved. Her placement with the University’s dot.rural team — where she was based at the Centre for Rural Health in Inverness - took place as part of the Nuffield Science Bursary Programme. The bursary allows school pupils to work on projects with practising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians during the summer holidays, to gain an insight into the world of scientific research and development.

Rachel received a gold CREST award from the British Science Association in recognition of the quality of her findings and her work. Experts from the institution’s dot.rural research hub are now developing a device which would provide medical advice and support for the first person to arrive on the scene of a road traffic accident.

Smith said:

“Rachel’s fantastic work inputted into research being conducted at the University into revolutionary technology which could help reduce deaths on rural roads. This is an unbelievable achievement for a 16 year old and will stand her in good stead. Not everyone can claim that their research initiated life saving technology and stating she has a gold CREST award on her CV will certainly make it glitter and stand out from the crowd!

“The Nuffield Science Bursary Programme is a great scheme and gives students a professional feel, an accurate look into the world of university and an insight into a career in research. It’s also a clever way of attracting talented young people, like Rachel into science based careers. I wish Rachel all the best and look forward to following her progress and no doubt reading about her ground-breaking future inventions!”