Reporter 425, 19 October 1998

Materials girl Diane is honoured as the technicians' ambassador

Diane Bavester, who became the first female technician in the materials department when she joined nine years ago, has been been named 'Technician of the year' by the Institute of Materials.

Ms Bavester was nominated for the award for being an 'outstanding ambassador' for materials science and for her excellent academic results at Bradford and Ilkley Community College.

She travelled to London where she was interviewed along with other shortlisted candidates from industry, colleges and universities around the UK.

"I'm never usually stuck for words but for the first five minutes I was so terrified I couldn't open my mouth," she said. "But the panel helped put me at ease."

She will be presented with her award at a presentation dinner in Stoke-on-Trent tonight (Monday), where she will receive a certificate, £250 and a one-year membership of the Institute.

Ms Bavester is studying metallurgy and materials science in the College's department of engineering.

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