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University of Birmingham engineering students Lucie Gale (left) and Rayyan Choudhury (right)
University of Birmingham engineering students Lucie Gale (left) and Rayyan Chowdhury (right) were awarded the Vickers Prize, along with Haider Ali, for both their academic excellence and their significant contribution to the School community

Lucie Gale (pictured) won the main prize for her contribution to the Birmingham Outreach ‘Routes to Professions’ scheme, acting as a mentor to 11 students in local Birmingham schools from under-represented backgrounds to encourage them to apply for Engineering at University. Lucy has also previously supported the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) scheme, where she encouraged girls in Years 7-9 to become involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Haider Ali was recognised for leading the Birmingham Space Society. The society built and tested rockets, including designing a Mars Rover, for which the society won a national competition. He also made time to tutor students at the University of Birmingham School, via the University’s tuition scheme.

Rayyan Chowdhury (pictured) is currently on his year in Industry, but during the pandemic was actively involved with campus efforts to improve the design of facemasks for front line stuff. This work resulted in an academic paper being published. He has also led efforts to train undergraduates on how to use the University Advanced Computer Facilities and mentored first year students during the pandemic lockdowns. He currently runs the University Design Society.

The Dr John Vickers Prize is awarded to Mechanical Engineering students in the School of Engineering who excel both academically but also make a significant contribution to their School community.