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BPSA Announces Student of the Year

BPSA News Release, 14 April 2009

On Tuesday April 14th 2009 Aliya Turk, 3rd year at De Montfort University (Leicester), was announced as the winner of the Reckitt Benckiser student of the year award. Matthew Crum, 3rd year at Sunderland University, was named runner-up at the finals, reception and prize-giving ceremony held at Atlantic Tower, Liverpool.

The competition, supported by Reckitt Benckiser for over 20 years, had over 350 entries and from these six of the best were selected and invited to the BPSA's 67th Annual Conference in Liverpool. The finalists were Robert Greenwood, 3rd year, University of Manchester (absent through illness); Rabab Kassam, 4th year, University of Nottingham; Katy Parsons, 1st year, University of Huddersfield; Mariam Salhotra, 2nd year, Kingston University; Aliya Turk, 3rd year, De Montfort University (Leicester); and Matthew Crum, 3rd year, University of Sunderland.

Competition Details

The preliminary round involved answering forty multiple-choice questions about all areas of pharmacy, from professional matters to clinical questions and even current issues. A tiebreaker question asked the participants to describe why international collaboration between pharmacists was important. The final consisted of an interview with a panel of judges. Sitting on this panel was Steve Churton, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; Liam Stapleton, Reckitt Benckiser representative; Sukhjit Singh Grewal, representative for the National Pharmacy Association; and Elizabeth Aubrey, last year's competition winner.

Prizes

The winner received an all expenses paid trip to the 55th International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation Annual Congress, hosted in Bali. The runner up received funding towards a European Pharmaceutical Students' Association of their choice. The winner and runner-up also received a copy of Stockley's Drug Interactions for themselves and a copy of the Martindale for their school of pharmacy. 

Reception

At the reception the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association paid tribute to Reckitt Benckiser and to Nick Henderson for their continued support of the BPSA and of this competition. Through this support the BPSA has been able to send British students to many countries all over the world to experience pharmacy on an international scale.

James Davies, BPSA President, said: “[Thank you] to Reckitt Benkiser, and especially Trevor Gore, who in spite of a recession and harder financial times, has continued to be a true supporter of the profession and of pharmacy students. Trevor has been very supportive and without his help and support this brilliant competition would not be possible. The BPSA are deeply grateful for all that you and Reckitt Benckiser have done for us, and the continued support you give us with this competition, now in existence for over 20 years.”

Ends

Background

The British Pharmaceutical Students' Association is in its 67th year and is the only national body that represents pharmacy students and preregistration trainees. The BPSA aims to promote the interests and welfare of pharmacy students and is the official student organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.The competition consists of a multiple-choice questionnaire. There are 40 questions overall covering professional and clinical issues that can shed some light for future years. Reckitt Benckiser, the BPSA, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the National Pharmacy Association set the questions. There is also a tiebreaker regarding international issues in the pharmacy world. Completing the tiebreaker counts towards the BPSA's Professional Development Certificate Scheme. The runner up wins funding towards a European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association event of their choice. The winner receives attendance to the next International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Annual Congress – all expenses paid.

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Back row (left to Right) – James Davies, BPSA President; Liam Stapleton, Reckitt Benckiser representative; Steve Churton, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; Sukhjit Singh Grewal, the National Pharmacy Association; and Elizabeth Aubrey, last year's competition winner. 

Front row (left to Right) -Mariam Salhotra, 2nd year, Kingston University; Rabab Kassam, 4th year, University of Nottingham; Ryan Hamilton, BPSA IT Officer (standing in for Robert Greenwood), Aliya Turk, 3rd year, De Montfort University (Leicester); Matthew Crum, 3rd year, University of Sunderland; Katy Parsons, 1st year, University of Huddersfield.

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