Leaving Certificate Results 2011 – A message from Graham Sutherland, BT

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Delighted with the news last week that Emer Jones, a past winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, received six A1s and four A2s in her Leaving Certificate. She achieved A1’s in Physics, Biology and Chemistry and an A2 in both Maths and Applied Maths, and has secured a place in the prestigious Cambridge University in the UK where she will study Physics. Emer was just 13 years old when she took home the overall prize for the exhibition in 2008. A student of Presentation School, Tralee, Co Kerry her project entitled ‘Research and Development of Emergency Sandbag Shelters’ examined the use of native materials to enhance the stability of emergency sandbag shelters used in disaster relief.

It wasn’t all good news about the Leaving Certificate results however, as there were disappointing trends in the sciences and maths. Graduates with science and maths fluency are imperative if we are to address the challenges facing our country and build a smart economy. While this year’s Leaving Certificate results shows that some students may have struggled in these areas, we hope that with added support such as bonus points for maths and growing participation levels in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, more students will embrace these subjects to build a strong future for themselves and their country.

BT is committed to playing a part because we need skilled employees, innovation is at our core, and a strong Ireland North and South is good for our future. That is why we announced that we will organise and sponsor the exhibition for another three years, and will invest a minimum of €2 million into making it an even greater success.

I’d like to congratulate Emer on her excellent results, as well as all of the other students who undertook state exams this year. Well done.

Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT in Ireland


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