Chemistry student in UK’s top 30

Monday March 12, 2018

A Concord student in her final year of A level study has demonstrated that she is one of the most gifted in the country in the subject of Chemistry. For Anna Bui is through to the final 30 in the Chemistry Olympiad, the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK. There were nearly 6,000 students in round one which comprised a two hour written paper testing their chemical knowledge based on ‘real world’ chemistry problems. Now she is in the top 0.5% of students in the country and the first from Concord College to ever compete in round two of the three stages of the Chemistry Olympiad. Anna, who already has an offer to read Natural Sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge, has been invited to spend from April 5-8 experiencing lessons and demonstrations on new topics at the University of Cambridge. Along with the 29 others through to round two, she will face the challenging new topics from respected academics, teachers and technicians as well as performing theoretical and practical tests. The four top students in round two will represent the UK at the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad. Run annually by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Olympiad is an opportunity for teachers to challenge their chemistry students, helping them to develop problem solving skills and apply familiar knowledge in new and interesting contexts. Dr. Stuart Beech, Head of Chemistry at Concord said:  “The Chemistry Olympiad is a very stiff test for sixth form students who sit an extremely challenging two hour exam and really have to work very quickly in that timescale. “It is a challenging paper that tests even the best and Anna has proved she is amongst the best of the best.” Anna said she was very proud to be through to the final 30 which she hadn’t expected. “It came as a real surprise to me – I didn’t expect it at all.  But I really like chemistry and entered the competition for fun.  I am very excited and looking forward to the second round at the University of Cambridge.” In addition to Chemistry, Anna is studying A level Biology, Maths, Physics and EPQ which is Physics related. Said Dr. Roger Fessey who is Anna’s Chemistry teacher:  “Her progress to the second round of the Chemistry Olympiad is a highly laudable achievement, for which she should be congratulated. “It is a testament to her impressive intellect and a reflection of her drive and motivation to understand complex chemical principles and concepts. Very few students qualify for this second phase of the competition so Anna has clearly demonstrated that she is amongst a highly select group.”