Rasen student wins top national prize

Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science at the University of Lincoln; Michael Gallimore, Director of Education at Lincoln's School of Engineering; Jan Van Der Lubbe and fellow nominated student from Lincoln Andrew Hislop. EMN-141223-155225001
Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science at the University of Lincoln; Michael Gallimore, Director of Education at Lincoln's School of Engineering; Jan Van Der Lubbe and fellow nominated student from Lincoln Andrew Hislop. EMN-141223-155225001
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A Market Rasen student has been declared the overall UK winner at the prestigious Sir William Siemens Medal awards.

Jan Van Der Lubbe, a former De Aston Schoolboy who is currently in the second year of a Mechanical Engineering degree at The University of Lincoln, was presented with his medal and a cheque for £1,000 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Jan’s submission included how he would benefit from an internship at Siemens and his detailed company knowledge.

Siemens deemed his submission to be the best due to not only his all-round exceptional academic ability, but also his clearly demonstrable passion for engineering.

Jan told the Rasen Mail: “It’s a great honour to win the award for both myself and the University of Lincoln.

“Now with the constant support and training from Siemens, I can work with others who strive to solve the most challenging problems with excellent, innovative and responsible solutions.”

Jan received the Sir William Siemens Medal, specially designed and 
struck by The Royal Mint, and a paid internship with Siemens.

He added: “Winning the Sir Williams award for Siemens is a huge achievement for myself and all my educational support.

“It was so unexpected as I was against student from Cambridge, Imperial.

In addition, students from 10 colleges and university technical colleges were also rewarded for their achievements in their engineering studies with the Sir William Siemens Certificate award, as well as a cheque for £100, with their college being awarded £200 to invest in STEM.