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    YOUNG ACHIEVERS PRIZE WINNER TELLS OF ON STAGE NERVES

    December 10th, 2012

    Megan Turner admits waiting in full view of the audience at the Leicester Mercury Young Achiever 2012 Awards was not easy – but being announced as Technology Achievement winner helped.

    Megan, who completed her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at Loughborough College earlier this year with top marks – the highest ever in the subject, said: ”It was horrible and nerve-wracking to have to stand on stage before they told everyone the result.

    “It was nice to find out I had been nominated by Richard Miller, my tutor at College, and then I was told I had made it to the finals but even waiting up there for the announcement … you still never, ever think it will be you. When they said my name I was genuinely surprised.”

    Megan is now studying Engineering Design at Aston University and her latest prize follows hot on the heels of her winning two national titles, after she was not only named 2012 National BTEC Awards Outstanding BTEC Science and Engineering Student of the Year but was also voted overall National BTEC Awards Outstanding Student of the Year.

    “My family were with me at the Young Achievers Awards and were so proud. My grandma gave me a big kiss and my dad, who is an engineer himself, was beaming.

    “There is an engineering heritage in our family which goes back to my great great grandfather who was Chief Engineer on Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole – and as it was visiting Loughborough College when I was still at school and seeing the workshops for the first time that strengthened my resolve to make engineering my future.”

    OUTSTANDING YEAR FOR MEGAN TOPPED WITH AWARD NUMBER THREE

    December 7th, 2012

    Megan Turner has been named as a winner in the Leicester Mercury Young Achievers Awards 2012.

    Now studying Engineering Design at Aston University, Megan finished her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at Loughborough College this summer with the top mark, D* D* D*– the highest ever score achieved in the subject.

    Megan’s latest prize, for Technology Achievement, comes in a year that has also seen her scoop not only the 2012 National BTEC Awards Outstanding BTEC Science and Engineering Student of the Year but also be voted overall National BTEC Awards Outstanding Student of the Year.

    The Young Achievers Awards were open to anyone aged between 14 and 25 in Leicestershire and Rutland and the winners at the ceremony on 6 December were each awarded a trophy and a £250 prize.

    MEGAN TURNER REACHES FINALS FOR LEICESTER MERCURY YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD

    November 16th, 2012

    After being named as winner in two major national awards and gaining the highest engineering mark ever at Loughborough College Megan Turner has now made it to the final three for Technology Achievement in the 2012 Young Achievers Awards.

    “It has been my dream to become an engineer. There is a long line stretching back to my great, great grandfather who was Chief Engineer on Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole. But so many people, teachers at school, friends, they all tried to discourage me.

    “It was hard at times but my family believed in me and supported me and then I was the only girl on my course at Loughborough College but the lads and staff were fantastic, I worked hard and it’s paid off. It is nice to prove people wrong.”

    Megan was named overwhelmingly not only as 2012 National BTEC Awards Outstanding BTEC Science and Engineering Student of the Year but she was also voted overall National BTEC Awards Outstanding Student of the Year and she achieved the top mark, D* D* D*, in her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering.

    As well as her superb performance in College, Megan has never hesitated to represent her course and Loughborough College in the wider community. Working with staff and students she introduced engineering to primary schools through a make and race project with the finals held at the College and she helped lead workshops in college to encourage secondary school girls in the area to learn more about engineering.

    Loughborough University has also supported her in the testing and possible patenting of her own design, which improves bathysphere air pressure and helps prevent hearing loss in divers.

    Technology and Engineering Academy Team Leader Richard Miller, who nominated Megan for the award, said: “It is hardly surprising that Megan has now been accepted onto the degree programme in Engineering Design at Aston University. She has demonstrated exceptional commitment to her education, to Loughborough College and to her community.”

    The Young Achievers Awards were open to anyone aged between 14 and 25 in Leicestershire and Rutland and the winner in each category at the ceremony on 6 December will be awarded a trophy and a £250 prize.

    VIP DAY FOR LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE TOP STUDENT AWARD WINNER

    July 12th, 2012

    Megan Turner has described her day rubbing shoulders with VIPs after being invited to London to accept two major national awards.

    The only female on her Engineering course at Loughborough College, Megan met Baroness Sharp and MP Andrew Bridgen at a Parliamentary Reception and Lunch held at the House of Lords before she and her family were whisked off to a glittering event at the Royal Horticultural Halls in west London, hosted by Reggie Yates.

    The Voice and Radio 1 star presented Megan not only with the National BTEC Awards Outstanding BTEC Science and Engineering Student of the Year but also the prize for overall National BTEC Awards Outstanding Student of the Year.

    Megan also shared a stage at the awards ceremony with the Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science and Tim Campbell, winner of the first series of The Apprentice.

    Megan received her two awards, certificates and an iPad as part of her prize and also won the opportunity of a work experience placement with an employer relevant to her sector of study.

    “It was an unbelievable day, to arrive somewhere like the House of Lords and be in that setting is overwhelming enough but then to have a member of the House of Lords, Baroness Sharp, approach me to congratulate me was unreal.

    “Then at the ceremony we were led to our table and I was sitting with Reggie Yates and David Willetts, as well as the competition judges and MPs. These people are VIPs and they were saying to me, We’ve heard a lot about you. It was incredible.

    “So there I was under bright lights surrounded by camera crews and celebrities and then a film of me taken at Loughborough College appeared on a huge screen before I was invited on stage to be presented with my awards. I still don’t think it has really sunk in.”

    LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE STUDENT REVEALS MOMENT SHE DISCOVERED NEWS OF HER OUTSTANDING DOUBLE NATIONAL WIN

    July 11th, 2012

    An ordinary day in college suddenly became anything but for engineering student Megan Turner when she discovered she had not only scooped the award for National BTEC Awards Outstanding BTEC Science and Engineering Student of the Year – but judges had voted overwhelmingly to name her as the overall National BTEC Awards Outstanding Student of the Year.

    “I was just walking along the corridor outside the workshops in my overalls when my tutor Richard Miller pulled me to one side to tell me the news.

    “To win one title was amazing enough but when he said I was going to be awarded Outstanding Student as well – and that he had been told the judges said that out of all the BTEC students in all the subjects across the country there was no question I should get it, I couldn’t believe it.

    “Then when I found out I had been invited to the House of Lords and to an awards ceremony in London with top politicians and celebrities … it was so much to take in.

    “I never thought I would win awards like that. I felt so surprised – and incredibly honoured.”

    “I think the first thing I said was, That means my granddad can buy me a dress. In fact, my parents got me a t-shirt printed that says, ‘This engineer loves frilly dresses.’ They are both so proud of me.”

    Megan – pictured here at the Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords with Richard Miller, Technology and Engineering Academy Team Leader at Loughborough College – is expected to be awarded DDD, the highest mark possible, in her extended diploma in Engineering at Loughborough College and is set to go on to study engineering at Aston University.