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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Geography Students success at EA and CIWEN University Pollution Challenge Event

(13 May 2013)

Seven Durham Geography students (4 groups) were selected to present their ideas at the final, which was held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on the 25th April.

Rebecca and Victoria Smith (L2)
Aaron Neill and Alan Liotard (L2 and Erasmus respectively)
Edward McEwan (L2)
Elizabeth Ferns and Grace Martin (L4 Risk and Env Hazards)

All the students put a lot of work in to their ideas and preparing posters and presentation and did an excellent job, gave fantastic presentations and received brilliant feedback from the judges and water professionals. All gained excellent experience and useful contacts for the future including potential summer internships, and the possibility of developing research projects in the future.

Despite stiff competition Edward won first prize in the undergraduate category with his idea of using specific reeds to remove excess iron in the River Gaunless. Rebecca and Victoria secured third place for their novel proposal to develop and implement a pollution tracker to be used by residents and small businesses to identify miss connections and improve personal behaviour to limit pollution entering our rivers. This was against very stiff competition.