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Competition success for Civil Engineering student Ed Byers and for Music graduate Rona Wilkie.

Next stop Rio

Civil Engineering student Ed Byers has been offered the chance of a lifetime to attend the Earth Summit in Rio and report back live on developments during the event.

Scooping first prize in a competition sponsored by Northumbrian Water, the PhD student will attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June and has been tasked with writing a blog about the debates and giving his views on the discussions.

The competition, which was organised by the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) as part of the University’s Sustainability Societal Challenge Theme launch year, ran from December to February and attracted more than 70 entries including undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Entrants were asked to submit a discussion piece on one of the key areas being addressed at Rio – such as whether financial aid is beneficial to developing countries and whether environmental advances and green technologies can only really be progressed by wealthy countries at present.

Also supported by Port of Tyne and the Planet Earth Institute, the judging panel selected 5 runners up; 2nd place: James Robinson, 3rd place: Claire Chisholm, 4th place: Henrietta Smylie, 5th place: Luke Barnwell and 6th place: Martin Findlay.

Over the coming weeks, the shortlisted reports, plus selected others that make for particularly good reading, will be placed on the NIReS Blog.

Further information may be found on the NIReS news website.


Recent graduate wins BBC title

Rona Wilkie, one of our recent MMus graduates won BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.

"Her fiddle playing was exemplary, and her creativity and compositions marked her out as this year's winner. Rona was accompanied by Marit Falt (current Stage 4 student) and Hinny Pawsey (graduate), and their contribution to the winning performance was also wonderful!," said Catriona Macdonald, Degree Programme Director.


published on: 22nd February 2012