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High-flying Devon scoops national engineering awards

December 22 2014 Devon

The career of a talented engineering graduate has taken flight with victory in prestigious national competitions.

After graduating from Glyndwr University this year, Devon Sumner has gone on to win the Higher Apprentice of the Year award for Wales, and the 2014 Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) Final Year Undergraduate Prize.

The illustrious accolades are widely-contested and much sought after, but picking up titles is nothing new for much-decorated Devon.

The 23 year-old, originally from Doncaster, has won numerous prizes over the last three years, including the EEF Wales Outstanding Achievement by a first and second year apprentice awards.

She was also lauded for giving the best performance during the first and second years of her apprenticeships with Airbus, and won Glyndwr’s Ede and Ravenscroft Prize, presented to a Foundation Degree student who achieves proportionally the highest marks in their final year exams across all vocational programmes.

Devon has scooped virtually every crown on offer to her, but it is the RAS trophy that will take pride of place on her mantelpiece as she dreamt of working in the aeronautics industry and joining the Airbus Undergraduate Apprenticeship scheme from a very young age.

Now a project leader on the A380 programme team at the Airbus plant in Broughton, Devon puts a lot of her success down to the support of Glyndwr, having graduated with a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering in October.

Devon said: “I was extremely proud to be named as the winner of the 2014 Royal Aeronautical Society Final Year Undergraduate Prize. It was great to receive formal recognition for my achievements and a fantastic way to complete my Bachelor’s Degree at Glyndwr University.

 “Glyndwr played an instrumental role in my academic growth and development during my apprenticeship with Airbus.

“My course provided me with the opportunity to explore both current and prospective aeronautical concepts as well as develop a wide range of invaluable transferable skills.”

She added: “It was the contributions of my programme lecturers that truly cemented my experience at the University.

“All of my tutors were extremely passionate and knowledgeable about their subject area, and these qualities were further enhanced by the encouragement and support they displayed for their students.”

Phil Storrow, head of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science at Glyndwr, paid tribute to Devon’s soaring start to life in aeronautics.

“We are very proud of Devon’s achievements and congratulate her on gaining these awards,” said Phil.

“Devon, like many students here at Glyndwr, has put an incredible amount of effort into her studies. This year has been fantastic for all of our Engineering Degree courses at Glyndwr with a record number of students (over 30%) passing with First Class Honours.” 

Devon, now living in Saughton, near Chester, has a CV to be proud of. She has met the Queen at Buckingham Palace, taken Prime Minister David Cameron on a tour of Airbus and appeared on TV.

On presenting Devon with the Higher Apprentice of the Year award for Wales, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James, said: “Devon is a fantastic role model for young people who are considering similar careers and I’m delighted that she has been recognised.”


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