University of Dundee

Life Sciences students named amongst World's best

27 Sep 2019

Three Life Science students have been named as some of the top undergraduates in the World, with one named as the top undergraduate in Europe.

Scott Sheldrick, Nicholas Gallagher and James Osbourne were were highly commended in the Life Sciences category of the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards. The competition, which aims to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. 

Scott, Nicholas and James undertook their projects in labs across the Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences:

  • Scott was in Dr Sarah McKim's lab in Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute
  • Nicholas was in Professor Ron Hay's lab in the Gene Regulation and Expression
  • James was in Dr Ros Langston's lab at the School of Medicine

Scott has also been named as the European winner award for Life Sciences. Scott shares this title alongside two other students from Dundee, Chester Cornford for Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare, and Lola Knibb for Visual Arts. All three went through to the global final, where they lost out to extremely strong competition from some of the 3,500 entrants from across the world.

Professor Blair Grubb, Vice-Principal (Education) at the University, said, “To get to this stage, our students and graduates faced competition from peers attending some of the world’s top universities. I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Scott, Chester and Lola on this fantastic achievement, alongside the other Dundee representatives who were highly commended. The Undergraduate Awards are fiercely contested by thousands of students around the world and it is a great reflection of the quality of our students, and the education they receive here, that Dundee is so strongly represented amongst the prize winners.”

The Global Undergraduate Awards is the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. It is underpinned by the values of innovation, collaboration, ambition, impartiality, inclusiveness and efficiency. The organisers believe in empowering students and helping them to recognise the potential their undergraduate work can have in making real change.

More information is available about the Highly Commended and European Winners can be found here.