Oxford-bound student is helped by town company

MSP technical director Peter Hammond, left, with Adam Douglas.
MSP technical director Peter Hammond, left, with Adam Douglas.

An Alnwick firm has provided a town student with a bursary to help him with his degree at the prestigious University of Oxford.

Adam Douglas, who recently achieved exceptional A-Level results at the Duchess’s Community High School, will begin his course in October.

Adam received an A* for maths, an A for further maths and an A for physics and he will study a masters degree in engineering sciences.

And he will be assisted with his studies by a bursary which has been provided by local manufacturing software company, metrology software products ltd (MSP).

The Greensfield Park-based company was only too happy to support Adam.

MSP was impressed by his general attitude and ability when he spent his school Year 11 work experience placement with the company.

Following that, he was invited to work for MSP during the school holidays and has spent this summer working full-time as part of its software development team.

Peter Hammond, technical director at MSP said: “It has been a pleasure to have Adam back with us for the last few months.

“He has integrated well with the team, demonstrating exemplary technical aptitude and problem-solving skills.

“We are a growing business, with an increasing number of prestigious customers and we have some really interesting projects that we hope Adam can get involved with.

“These are exciting times for Adam, we are looking forward to supporting him with his studies and we all wish him the very best in the forthcoming years.”

Adam said that he is grateful for the support and is relishing his time at Oxford.

He said: “I have always been interested in making things or pulling equipment apart and reassembling it to see how it works. Studying a general engineering degree at university was always my plan and I’m really excited to begin the course.”

Diane Bronze, maths teacher at Duchess’s High, praised Adam’s efforts.

She said: “We are very proud of Adam and his achievements. He is an extraordinary student who has an exceptional understanding of everything mathematical.

“We hope that his time at the school has played a little part in his success and we wish him well with his exciting future.”