Mold Student looks to a future developing life-changing medicine

A Flintshire pupil who plans for a career in increasing access to life-saving medication has been celebrated through a top science award.

Olivia Delaney, 18, has received the annual Synthite Science Prize after achieving A* grades in A-level biology, physics, and chemistry, while studying at the Alun School.

Sponsored by the Mold-based chemical firm, the accolade goes to a sixth former who has demonstrated exceptional efforts in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) in the previous academic year.

The Cardiff University student started her medical pharmacology degree in September and has her ambitions set on ensuring the most up-to-date treatments can be accessed by patients on the national health service (NHS).

Hailing from Sychdyn, she said: “I was so surprised on results day and didn’t expect to see three A* grades. It felt great to receive the marks after two years of hard work.

“I’ve always been more geared towards the sciences, as I love that there’s always a definite right answer to problems, and what we learn in the classroom can be seen in the world around us.

“I’m not exactly sure what job I want after university, but I know I would like to be involved in increasing access to treatments and furthering medical research so patients can get the help they need.

“I’d love to work for the NHS rather than for a big business, so medicine could be a future option after completing my degree to allow me to use my skills in a way that will really improve people’s lives.”

Mrs Jane Cooper, headteacher at the Alun School, said: “It’s brilliant to see pupils like Olivia complete their A-levels with such amazing results, and I look forward to seeing her thrive while she continues her education journey.

“The award has a significant legacy at the school, and we continue to see its winners go on to accomplish amazing feats, which consequently inspires current students to work towards doing the same.”

Keith Polden, director and general manager operations at Synthite, said: “Olivia is a shining example of a hardworking and gifted pupil, so it’s fantastic to celebrate her dedication to her studies.

“The Synthite team wishes her the best at university and in her career, and we hope the prize continues to push youngsters to develop skills and aspire for exciting futures in STEM-related industries.”

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