Sheree Smith, aged 21 from Grimsby, in her second year of study, was selected for the Professor Bligh Scholarship.
Professor Donald Bligh graduated in Teacher Training from Leeds Beckett University in 1958. His annual scholarship seeks to reward one student who can show they can think for themselves and argue their ideas, whilst recognising possible objections and devising a way of testing or criticising their own ideas. As well as awarding Sheree £1,000, Professor Bligh will also be available as a mentor to take her ideas further and help develop appropriate study methods to do so.
Sheree commented: “Receiving the Professor Bligh Scholarship will help to eliminate some of the financial worries associated with studying and help to put my mind at ease. The scholarship will not only be a brilliant investment in my future, it will also help to instil some confidence in myself knowing that Professor Bligh and Leeds Beckett University have given me the best possible opportunity. I hope to go on to represent each of them proudly in my scientific research career.”
Professor Bligh added: “This scholarship is all about independence of mind. Sheree is only 21 but already I’ve thrown difficult ideas at her and she’s taken them on board. She also has a fantastic breadth of knowledge, not just in her own area of science but also history as well. As a person she’s very open in herself. I’m really looking forward to mentoring her as she doesn’t shy away from anything – if she has an opinion about something she will share it with you. Eventually Sheree wants to be a University lecturer, like I was, and I’m excited to work with her and delighted that I’ll be able to pass on my own knowledge and expertise to help her even while she’s still at University herself.”
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