Winners of the Bournemouth Young Researchers Prize have been announced. The Prize invites students from around the UK, who are working towards an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), to submit their research projects. Young people from sixth forms and colleges from across the country took part in the competition, which is held jointly between Bournemouth University (BU), Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and AECC University College.
There were four winners in total from Queen Elizabeth’s School (Wimborne), Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre and Croydon High School, with projects ranging from mental health support in secondary schools to non-native terrestrial vertibrates and the best control methods for them.
Ben Dsouza's winning project was centred around knife crime, and the extent to which stop and search has an effect on knife crime in Gloucestershire. Ben said, "I am proud to be a winner, this was a chance for me to showcase the research that I worked incredibly hard on, the most enjoyable part is that the message of my project has clearly spread."
In addition, a further six projects were highly commended for their quality, and the dedication of the students conducting the research.
Beth Matthews, Schools Liaison Manager at Bournemouth University said, "We received extremely high-quality projects to review this year and it has been a privilege for our teams to read through each submission, choosing a winner was not an easy task! Thank you to every student who applied and congratulations to all of our prize winners."
More information about the Bournemouth Young Researchers Prize and the work of BU’s Schools Liaison Team can be found on the BU website.