Keele scientist hopes to win students’ votes

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Dr Jamie Pringle

Posted on 16 February 2011

A Keele University lecturer is in the running to win £500 in an X Factor style competition for scientists, where students are the judges.

Dr Jamie Pringle, a lecturer in Engineering and Environmental Geosciences, is one of 30 scientists chosen from more than 200 applicants to take part in the online science outreach event I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here next month.

The award-winning project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, sees teenagers from Years 9 to 13 posing questions online to real scientists from across the UK and learning about how science affects their daily lives. The students vote for the scientist they think deserve the £500 prize and those with the fewest votes are evicted until only the winners remain.

Jamie, who will be answering questions within the Forensic Science zone, said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here and to talking about science to students across the UK. I’m just hoping I don’t get voted out at an early stage!”

For more information about the event see