The College is delighted to be honoured by inaugural awards in memory of two of Northern Ireland’s most famous and forward thinking scientists, Sir Hans Sloane and Sir Allen McClay.

The Hans Sloane (Memorial Fund) Trust, in partnership with National Museums NI, was established in 1960 to commemorate the life and work of the celebrated physician, scientist and collector. This year, in partnership with Almac Group, The Hans Sloane Memorial Fund established a new award, the Sloan McClay Award, to celebrate the visionary entrepreneur and businessman, Sir Allen McClay. The award recognises excellence in GCSE level in science and mathematics by Northern Ireland’s brightest GCSE students and their teachers.

At a prestigious ceremony in the Ulster Museum, the Sloane McClay Award for first prize was presented to Matthew Vennard who achieved the highest combined marks in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at GCSE level in Northern Ireland in 2017. Principal, Mr Simon Harper, also received a Sloane McClay Award in recognition of excellence in teaching at Portadown College. Both awards were presented by Professor Tim Harrison, Vice President, Drug Discovery, Almac Group.

The College is exceptionally proud of both awards which recognise Matthew’s remarkable individual success, as well as the collective achievement of his teachers.


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