Stu­dent wins ac­co­lade for her work at AZ

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - KAREN BRIT­TON

ACHEMISTRY stu­dent with a place­ment at As­traZeneca has been named ‘ap­pren­tice of the year’ at an awards cer­e­mony.

Rox­anne Wright is an ap­pren­tice at phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firm As­traZeneca in Mac­cles­field study­ing for a Chem­i­cal Science De­gree Ap­pren­tice­ship at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity.

She has been named ‘Ap­pren­tice of the Year’ by the Royal So­ci­ety of Chem­istry (RSC) and was awarded the ac­co­lade at a cer­e­mony at Manch­ester’s Mid­land Ho­tel.

Part of the RSC’s ‘Chem­istry Means Busi­ness’ flag­ship event, the award recog­nises the out­stand­ing achieve­ment of an ap­pren­tice work­ing in the chem­i­cal sec­tor.

Su­san Smith, prod­uct de­vel­op­ment man­ager at As­traZeneca, said: “From the mo­ment she stepped into As­traZeneca, Rox­anne has been fear­less in her pur­suit of knowl­edge, and her love of science shines through in her ev­ery in­ter­ac­tion.

“I am im­mensely proud of her suc­cess and she is a won­der­ful role model for ap­pren­tice­ships. We can all learn from the en­deav­our and drive of young sci­en­tists like Rox­anne.”

Rox­anne joined As­traZeneca in 2014 on an Ad­vanced Ap­pren­tice­ship and has this year pro­gressed onto the first year of a de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship. Her recog­ni­tion demon­strates the im­pact ap­pren­tices can make in the work­place.

David Rut­ley, MP for Mac­cles­field, said: “I am de­lighted to hear of Rox­anne’s suc­cess, which is a real credit to her hard work and com­mit­ment at As­traZeneca and in her univer­sity stud­ies at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan on the de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme.

“As well as be­ing a wellde­served per­sonal tri­umph, her recog­ni­tion il­lus­trates the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion of de­gree ap­pren­tices to the suc­cess of the busi­nesses in our area.”

This is the sec­ond time this year a de­gree ap­pren­tice at Manch­ester Met has made an im­pact at a na­tional science and engi- neer­ing mony.

Dr Michael Cole, prin­ci­pal lec­turer in Chem­i­cal Science at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity also con­grat­u­lated Rox­anne on her achieve­ment.

He said: “I am re­ally proud of Rox­anne and her suc­cess in these awards is richly de­served. She is a fan­tas­tic ap­pren­tice stu­dent and a great ad­vo­cate for both ap­pren­tice­ships and women in science. I hope her recog­ni­tion may help to in­spire oth­ers to fol­low in her foot­steps.” awards cere-

Rox­anne Wright be­ing pre­sented with her award

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