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Maths degree student earns extra prize

PUBLISHED: 16:04 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

RIDING HIGH: Katie Bateman was the first in her family to go to university

RIDING HIGH: Katie Bateman was the first in her family to go to university

A 22-YEAR-OLD number-cruncher who gained a First Class degree in mathematical science has been recognised with two top awards. Katie Bateman, 22, from Gravesend, a graduate of Kingston University has been honoured by the Institute of Mathematics and Its

A 22-YEAR-OLD number-cruncher who gained a First Class degree in mathematical science has been recognised with two top awards.

Katie Bateman, 22, from Gravesend, a graduate of Kingston University has been honoured by the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).

She also secured a prize commemorating one of Kingston University's most eminent mathematicians, the late Professor John Morris.

A highly-respected member of the academic community, Professor Morris died in April last year after a two-year battle with cancer, leading to an award in his memory.

Miss Bateman, who is the first person in her family to go to university, said: "It was a big step for me to go to university - no-one in my family had gone before so my graduation was already a special day."

Speaking on Thursday after news of the awards, she added: "I enjoyed every moment of studying at Kingston, even though it was incredibly intense at times. Seeing the pride on my family's faces was the best moment of all."

During her time at University she volunteered for the Student Ambassadors programme, helping out on open days and visiting schools for revision day.

Focusing on mathematics education in her final year it is no surprise she plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Currently she is on a placement at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester where she is taking a PGCE, needed to become a teacher.

She added: "I found my lecturers' approach to teaching at Kingston inspirational because it was so down-to-earth. I'm loving being back in the classroom and I'm definitely taking my Kingston experience into my own career because I know how daunting maths can be for students."

Principal lecturer Dr Nigel Atkins praised her achievements.

He said: "Mathematical science is a diverse course and Katie showed her versatility by shining in the maths modules as well as those in statistics and computing.

"She possesses the commanding presence and high quality communication skills which will make her as outstanding a teacher as she was student.

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