Dean with MP Rosie WintertonA University palaeontologist won the gold award at the SET for Britain competition on Monday March 9. Mentored by Faculty scientist Dr David Penney, Dean Lomax presented his research to a panel of judges at the House of Commons and claimed the £3000 prize.

The SET for Britain competition aims to improve the understanding of our politicians when it comes to the UK’s thriving science and engineering scene.  It rewards the excellent research being done in the country.

Dean’s research focused on how he discovered a new species of Ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile. It was judged against 59 other shortlisted researchers’ work. Dean said:

“It is truly an honour to win this prestigious award. To think that my research has been acknowledged in such a prominent capacity helps to show the importance of palaeontology, and that what I contribute has meaning. This has given me an incredible boost to continue to aim high, work hard, and communicate further the study of the science I love. This is a win for British palaeontology. Thank you to everybody involved; what a magnificent event.”

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