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Jakub is a Schools Physicist of the Year

Friday 13 July 2018

A promising young physicist from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has won an award for his achievements in physics and his dedication to learning all about the subject.

Jakub Fiegler-Rudol was one of 18 students from the Leeds area awarded the accolade of School Physicist of the Year (SPotY) by the University of Leeds and The Ogden Trust, a charitable trust that exists to promote the teaching and learning of physics.

Now in its fifth year, the SPotY awards ceremony was held at the University of Leeds, to recognise students in Year 10 who had been nominated by their teachers for outstanding efforts and success in physics. The award recipients, their parents and teachers were joined on the evening by academics and students from the School of Physics and Astronomy for physics talks, the award presentations and a guest reception.

In addition to the award Jakub received a £25 Amazon voucher, which he will put towards books for his physics A-level, and can look forward to further opportunities to develop his talent for physics through the Ogden Trust.

Jakub said: “I was overwhelmed and excited by the nomination and very happy that my teacher thought of me that way.

“I really like physics, it’s very logical and interesting with fascinating subjects like astrophysics, and physics applies to so many real world situations. Physics will matter to me whatever I decide to do in the future.”

David Dee, head of physics at GSAL, who teaches Jakub for GCSE physics, nominated him for the award. David said: “Jakub is an outstanding physicist who always strives to understand the underlying concepts of the physics we cover. He epitomises the ideas of student and scientist being well organised, determined, full of questions, self-reflective and resilient with a clear focus on using these skills to improve; as such, he is a well-deserved winner of this award.”


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