Advanced students from London South East Colleges’ Foundation Degrees in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences took part in their annual ‘Poster Day’ last week when they submitted their work in a final-term research competition.

The posters detail the work and the discoveries made by students in a range different medical topics that included measuring the effect of caffeine and cortisol levels in human beings, investigating the microbial contamination of frequently touched objects, identification and comparison of normal and TB infected lung tissue , and research into ovulation indicators in women.

Twenty-five students took part, all working on their own individual projects, and submitted their work to a panel of expert judges from the University of Greenwich. They were Dr Samer El Daher, Dr Paul Dyer and Dr Lynsey Atkinson. Before judging got underway, the students attended a ‘super-seminar’ in which these renowned specialists from the world of scientific research gave the students an insight into a range of related specialist topics.

Judging was tough and the overall winner was later announced as Nick Wilson from the Pharmaceutical Science Foundation Degree. His project focused on the cleaning validation of pharmaceutical equipment and the measures taken to ensure that various compound residues are eliminated completely.

Nick is a mature student who has already spent a number of years as a Quality Assurance Manager for pharmaceutical manufacturer and research company Pfizer based in Sandwich, Kent. He has been studying for the degree on a part-time day-release basis and will be heading for his final year at University of Greenwich in September.

Nick said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen as the winner of this project. It means a lot to me as I go into my final year. We have all put a lot of work into this and collectively I think the group has produced some stunning results. It’s good to be around other determined and focused people who take their studies very seriously.

“I came to do this degree to enhance my skills and knowledge of the sector and to help me understand a lot more about the science. It has been a brilliant course and I feel that I made the right decision to study it here.”

Tutor, Laura Pellatt said: “The students have carried out some amazing work throughout the year and this project has seen the culmination of the fantastic efforts they have made. The high quality and standards that we (the judges) noted is testament to just how seriously they took their work. I’m convinced so many of them will go on to become fantastic scientific and medical practitioners and make a big difference to how we all live our lives in the future.”


If you think you have what it takes to be successful in the world of biomedical and pharmaceutical science, or have been thinking of studying at degree level, we’d like to hear from you. We have a great range of degree and professional level courses for you to choose from. Come along to one of our open events during June and July.


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