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SRC Higher Level Apprentice Graduate, Jill Saunders has recently been awarded a British Education Award (BEA) at a prestigious ceremony in Manchester.

Seventy finalists travelled across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and with their families, mingled with celebrities, educators and politicians, eager to hear the winners of the BEA 2020 announced.

Jill completed the Foundation Degree in Applied Industrial Science - Higher Level Apprenticeship programme at Southern Regional College where she worked four days per week in Norbrook Laboratories and studied at the College’s Newry Campus, one day per week.  

Jill Saunders with her BEA.
Jill Saunders with her BEA.

Working as a Method Development and Validations Analyst within the Research and Development Department for two years at Norbrook, she acquired an indepth understanding of the scientific techniques used within veterinary drug product development and analysis.  She became very proficient in the use of analytical equipment and methods, data analysis, results reporting and presenting. 

Jill then successfully progressed to Ulster University to complete a BSc in Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences achieving a 1st classification and is now settling into full-time employment with Norbrook where she has been promoted to a senior analyst position.

Now in its fourth year, British Education Awards recognises the outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements of students across six award categories including GCSE or Scottish National 5, A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher, Vocational, Degree and Degree Apprenticeship.

Finalists stood out for the extra measures they take to advance their learning, frequently undertaking additional study and summer work placements to achieve their goals. They also impressed judges with their dedication to mentoring and supporting fellow students and younger pupils through peer study groups, after school clubs and societies.

Air Products Community & STEM Ambassador UK & Ireland Lynn Willacy said “It’s so important that young people are recognized for achievements in their education. What we love about these awards is that the students are celebrating with their families, seeing the reactions of proud parents sat next to them as they get their awards is phenomenal.”

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