A student scientist has been named as the best young chemist in the North West after beating scores of hopefuls.
John Barratt, 22, who landed a job after a year-long placement with a city firm, was presented with the ‘Best Young Achiever/Apprentice of the Year’ prize at the Chemicals Northwest Awards.
He is in his final year at Manchester Metropolitan University studying the five-year MChem degree with a year in industry.
His work with Incorez, based on Miller Street, Preston, and study with the University earned him the Young Achiever title, which organisers expanded to include two highly commended awards because entry standards were so high.
John said, who beat 12 other young chemists to take the award, said: “I wasn’t even told I had been nominated until I was shortlisted.
“I was genuinely delighted just to be shortlisted.
“Then to go on to win was a brilliant feeling, mainly due to the recognition it gave to Incorez, MMU and myself.”
John first worked with Incorez as part of a placement for his year in industry, during the third year of his MChem degree.
He impressed his bosses so much, that the firm offered him a job and to pay for the rest of his course.
He has since been working full-time as a laboratory technician and attending the university on day release each week as he works towards finishing the degree.
Dr David Johnson, principal lecturer in chemistry at the university, said: “We’re delighted for John to get this award because it recognises his fantastic achievements - his ongoing success at Incorez and continued dedication to the course.
“He is a committed young chemist who has a bright future ahead of him.”