Prestigious prizes for local students

Martin Bryant and Kirsty Pegg
Martin Bryant and Kirsty Pegg

Two local students have been awarded prestigious prizes at this year’s University of Buckingham graduation.

Kirsty Pegg, aged 21, from Winslow, achieved the Friends of the University of Buckingham Prize for special achievement in the School of Sciences.

Bicester resident Martin Bryant, aged 52, was awarded the Merit Prize for good all-round academic performance and for making an important contribution to the life of the university.

Miss Pegg, who studied Psychology, attended Winslow C of E Combined School, The Buckingham School and then The Royal Latin School.

While studying for her degree, she worked in the catering department at Stowe School.

Kirsty said “I would have been lost at a different, bigger university.

“Only a small University would recognise and highlight hard work like Buckingham does, and because of this the university offered me opportunities that nowhere else could have.”

Kirsty achieved a scholarship, and is now studying for her masters in Psychology at Buckingham.

Mr Bryant, who achieved a first class Law degree, said: “I was drawn to the university by its small size and two-year degree.

“From the open day, I could tell Buckingham would offer more support and interaction from tutors than the other universities I had looked at”.

He is now hoping to take a Bar Practice training course and then become a lawyer.

The first ever University of Buckingham Medical School Honorary Ceremony last Thursday also saw honours conferred on some famous names.

Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, heart transplant pioneer Sir Magdi Yacoub and kidney and transplant immunology expert Sir Graeme Catto were all made honorary graduates at the ceremony.

Buckingham pop legend Bernie Marsden, High Court judge Sir Oliver Popplewell, Lean Enterprise Academy founder Daniel T. Jones and physiology pioneer Prof Barbara Cannon were made honorary graduates at graduation ceremonies last Friday and Saturday.

Prof John Clapham, chief operating officer at the University of Buckingham Medical School, said: “All of our honorary graduates were chosen because they were pioneering in some way – an attribute which resonates with us in establishing the country’s first independent medical school in modern times.”