Sara Luna Walsh – ChemEnviro President
The Institute of Chemical Engineers hosted the 55th Frank Morton on February 16, 2016 in Manchester. Frank Morton is an annually run event which gathers chemical engineering students of all levels to participate in a day of sports competitions for their university. The event also attracts numerous companies of international standard (including Shell, Valero, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca), which students can network with at the event’s Careers Fair. In Manchester, Frank Morton proved to be a great event for students to further their course and career interests, and enjoy a day of sports and an evening out with other students in the country on the same course. This year, Swansea University received a large interest in the event from students, and due to the generous contributions of the Student Union, Student Experience Team, IChemE South Wales Committee, and the chemical engineering lecturers, the Chemical and Environmental and Engineering Society were able to send over 80 students to Manchester.
This number well surpasses previous years’ attendance at Frank Morton, and Swansea were able to compete in many of the sports including: badminton, benchball, bowling, dodgeball, football, handball, laser tag, netball, pool, rounders, squash, tag rugby, and tennis. Swansea excelled in the sports, making it through the first round of competition in nearly all events, and some advancing even further in the group stages. The tennis pairing of Lucca Durazzo and Sara Luna Walsh won their group stage and lost in the semifinals to Loughborough, coming 4th and scoring the only sporting points for Swansea University. Not only did Swansea perform well in the sports, but this was also the first time in recent history that Swansea has won an award at Frank Morton. Swansea won the t-shirt design competition, with the design submitted by Sarah Harris to the competition held within the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Society.
Between the points won for sport and for the t-shirt design, Swansea tied for 9th place with Aberdeen and Leeds with 7 points, one point shy of the next three way tie for 6th place. This is the best performance Swansea has had at Frank Morton in recent years, having cracked the Top 10 in the final rankings. With the expansion and growth of the chemical engineering department at the Bay Campus, the increasing performance of Swansea at Frank Morton can only continue for next year! This event is just one of many the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Society is involved.
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