Roshni is a class act

A HIGH School of Glasgow pupil is top of the class after winning a place in the finals of the 2012 National Science and Engineering Competition.

Roshni Mansfield, from Bearsden, excelled in the regional heats of the contest with an in-depth investigation into the cause of the herpes simplex virus.

She will now go head to head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most prestigious science and engineering honours for young people.

Roshni’s shortlisted entry will be presented to over 30,000 people at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, the country’s single biggest celebration of science and engineering for young people, held at The NEC, Birmingham from March 15 to 17.

Sir Roland Jackson, chief executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science & Engineering Competition, said: “The National Science and Engineering Competition aims to inspire the talent of the future by making science, engineering, technology and maths more appealing for young people. Roshni’s entry shows just how exciting and extraordinary science and engineering can really be.

”We’re thrilled that Roshni has got through as a regional finalist and wish her all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Her project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the competition.”