A CHORLEY student has been awarded a top prize for her outstanding efforts during her studies.

Emma Whitney, 21, from Chorley, received the Keele University Mervyn Taylor Dissertation (ISP) Prize, which is awarded to the student producing the best dissertation on the Educational Studies undergraduate course.

Emma graduated with a 2:1 degree in Educational Studies and Mathematics.

She said: “It is a privilege to have been awarded this prize and has made me even prouder of the work I have produced. The award was unexpected and therefore gave me a boost in confidence.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Keele, met so many amazing people and always felt part of the huge Keele community. I found the course interesting and the contrast between Educational essays and Mathematics was challenging but achievable with the support from tutors and peers.”

Emma will be attending University of Cumbria in September to study PGCE General Primary (QTS) with Mathematics to reach her goal of becoming a primary school teacher specialising in Maths.