Each year, SCI’s Liverpool and North West Group awards prizes to top students at alternating universities in the Liverpool and Northwest region.
This year the Liverpool and NW Group prize-giving took place on 10th November at the Athenaeum in Liverpool.
Dr Ian Cubbin, Chair of the Library at the Athenaeum and lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, gave a fascinating talk about the history of the Athenaeum and the contents of the library. The Athenaeum started back in 1797 as an institute for leading citizens of Liverpool to discuss news and pass on information. It started with 500 members and it still has 500 members, over 200 years later (not the same ones of course!!). This was the membership limit set at the beginning. The extensive library is in the building’s volts containing 1000s of old and rare books. One of the exhibits we were shown was a book printed in 1711 about pyrotechnics and how to make fireworks. This was printed soon after Guy Fawkes was arrested in London.
Prof Alan Heaton spoke about the College of Scholars and encouraged prize-winners to make full use of it. Prof Joe Sweeney presented the prizes and spoke about the importance of making the world a better place to live through science.
Prizes were awarded to the top students nominated by the Universities of Chester, Salford, the Open University, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores as well as the Leverhulme Prize to Liverpool University. Prize winners were, in the same order: Jamie Andrews, Teagan De La Marre, Chloe Wright, Joseph Parkin, Aleksandra Bogatek and Katie Ollerton. Congratulations to all of them. Many SCI members attended which made it a special occasion for the prize-winners.
Chloe Wright with her family and Prof Sweeney receiving the Open University prize.