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 13 March 2002 

Boost for chemistry education at the University of Sussex

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has selected the University of Sussex among the top universities in the country for chemistry and will sponsor two students from this coming academic year. Bursaries worth £1,000 a year will be given to chemistry students who show particular promise.

L-R: Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sussex, and Dr David Lathbury, Head of Process Chemistry at AstraZeneca R&D Avlon/Charnwood.

From October 2002, a total of 50 awards will be available to students at Sussex and 22 other British universities with strong chemistry programmes where AstraZeneca has existing links.

Successful candidates will be offered the opportunity to obtain work experience at AstraZeneca as part of their study. They will also have the opportunity to visit one of the company's UK research sites and will be given preferential consideration for graduate opportunities within AstraZeneca.

"It is crucial that we continue to stress the importance of science education in the UK, especially as more and more students choose careers in disciplines outside the physical sciences," said Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Chemistry at Sussex.

"We are hopeful that universities across the UK will reap the benefits from these newly motivated chemistry students," he added.

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For further information, contact Alison Field or or Jacqui Bealing, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, or

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