Pitlochry graduate awarded top biology prize

By Press Office

A graduate from Pitlochry in Perthshire has received a top biology award at the recent Queen Margaret University (QMU) graduation ceremony in Edinburgh.

Angus Bancroft, 21, was presented with the prestigious Royal Society of Biology Award for the highest overall mark in Applied Pharmacology and Human Biology, including his research into the anti-bacterial properties of honey. The Royal Society of Biology Award demonstrates the health sector’s continued commitment to recognising talent and hard work.

Angus’ research into the anti-bacterial properties of honey has been submitted to an international clinical pharmacology and natural products conference taking place at the University of Aberdeen in September. Angus, who attended Pitlochry High School and Breadalbane Academy, graduated from QMU in July with a first class BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmacology.

Commenting on his award from QMU, Angus said: “I was extremely pleased to learn I’d been awarded this prize. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at QMU and I’m very thankful for the staff's input into helping make me a critical thinker and both prepare me for my academic career and further improve my life skills.

"The Applied Pharmacology course has introduced me to the field of biomedical science, and the passionate delivery of the course by QMU staff has ensured that I too will remain enthusiastic to work in this field."
Angus Bancroft


Angus now plans to undertake a masters degree in drug design and biomedical science. He ultimately hopes to undertake a PhD and pursue a career in academia.

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