Innovative students to showcase research in Parliament

Two New College Durham students are due to visit Parliament to showcase their outstanding Higher Education research posters and compete against University students from across the country.

After entering New College Durham’s first internal Higher Education Research Poster Competition in December, James Parkin and Richard Hall, are celebrating the opportunity to have their original research posters judged by representatives from Parliament and the Higher Education sector.

New College Durham is one of just four Further Education colleges in the competition. They will be up against students from institutions such as the University of Warwick, York and Leeds, amongst many others.

Having two students representing the College in this research project, typically only undertaken at university, perfectly demonstrates the success of the College’s higher level students.

Philllip Miller, HE College Scholarship Manager at New College Durham, and the project lead, said:

“Having attended the posters in parliament event in 2017, I was incredibly impressed by not just the standard of work on display but also the knowledge, passion and enthusiasm of each of the student participants. College higher education was, however, under-represented. Getting New College Durham involved therefore represented an opportunity to showcase the high quality work which is being produced within our institution and colleges in general.”

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Development student, Richard Hall, joined New College Durham to study Level 1 Motor Vehicle and has progressed within the College to a bachelor’s degree. He said:

“After completing Level 1 Motor Vehicle, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in sport. New College Durham were very accommodating and allowed me to enrol on Level 2 Sport. The teaching is of the highest quality, which is why I chose to study higher education at the College rather than go to university. I have been awarded Student of the Year at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 5, and I feel honoured to have been chosen to take part in the poster in parliament competition. I’m really looking forward to attending this event.”

19 year-old FdA Visual Arts student, James Parkin, commented:

“I chose to enter the competition because I saw it as a unique opportunity to showcase my work, and share what I am passionate about with others from different fields. I really didn’t expect to be taking my first piece of research to parliament! It still hasn’t sunk in that I am competing in a national competition.”

Both Richard and James have demonstrated that they possess the ability to produce high quality, rigorous research and they will be a credit to the College at Parliament.

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