Pharmacy student of the year crowned

A Portsmouth student beat 400 UK rivals to win pharmacy's Student of the Year Award from the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association (BPSA) after a gruelling round of quizzes, essays and interviews.

Rosaline Kennedy receiving her trophy
Rosaline Kennedy receiving her trophy

Rosaline Kennedy is a third-year student on the four-year Masters in pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth.

She said: ‘I am very honoured and shocked to have won this prestigious award. This is the first competition I have entered related to my degree and I did not expect to win.'

The first stage of the competition was to answer multiple choice questions covering a range of topics within pharmacy, followed by two clinical essays on drugs, and a tie-breaker question which asked how pharmacy and manufacturers can work more efficiently to help patients.

The top six entrants were interviewed by a panel of experts at the BPSA conference in Birmingham.

Rosaline added: ‘I think what the judges liked about my answers was I demonstrated that I keep abreast of current issues in pharmacy and am knowledgeable on the recent changes within the profession.'

Her prize includes an all expenses-paid trip to the next International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation Annual Congress in Slovenia.

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