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Grace Research Fund recognises student excellence

Simon Lynes and Barry Joseph receive their prizes13 August 2013

The Grace Research Fund has presented two prizes of £100 to outstanding students whose accomplishments have contributed towards medical practices and research in the local community.

The awards, which are presented annually, are generously donated by the supporters of the Grace Research Fund.

Warwick Medical School graduate Simon Lynes has received the Grace Research Fund's best paediatric medical student after achieving the highest grade during his paediatric block exams.

The 28-year-old, who has completed his bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery, beat around 170 other medical students for the award.

Simon said it is an honour to receive recognition for his work.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at Warwick Medical School and I worked extremely hard throughout my paediatric blocks,” he said.

“Paediatrics is an extremely rewarding subject area and I am very proud to have received this award. I am now looking forwards to developing my career as an F1 junior doctor.”

Coventry University graduate Barry Joseph was the second student to receive recognition after he was awarded the Grace Research Fund's best student neonatal nurse graduating in 2013.

The 26-year-old received the certificate following an outstanding presentation which focused on the first hour of care delivered to babies that are born prematurely.

He said: “I'm really pleased to win the award. It has been very challenging, but I am very grateful to my mentors who have provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills and learning.

“I hope to continue to develop my skills in neonatal nursing with the fantastic and dedicated team at the neonatal unit at University Hospital in Coventry.”

The certificates were presented by Dr Prakash Satodia, consultant neonatologist at University Hospital and lead for paediatrics and child health at Warwick Medical School.

He said: “Both candidates have worked extremely hard throughout their studies and fully deserve to be recognised for their achievements.

“It is also the first time two male candidates have been awarded the Grace Research Fund prizes so it is excellent to see Simon and Barry excel in this sector.”