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Mercia Award in Medical Engineering won for the 4th time by a King's Graduate

At its annual Awards Ceremony in July, the Worshipful Company of Engineers awarded Ms Aisling Barry - a 2016 graduate from the King’s MSc Programme Clinical Sciences (Clinical Engineering) - with its Mercia Award in Medical Engineering.

With this achievement, King’s College London is unique in having won four such National Awards - all of them by students or graduates of our MSc Clinical Sciences (Clinical Engineering) and MSc Medical Engineering and Physics.

Aisling, who specialised in rehabilitation engineering, was presented with her award by HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

As part of her degree she undertook a placement in Uganda, where her interest in the use of healthcare technology in low resource areas began, shaping her final MSc project: Developing a Mobile Neonatal Resuscitation Unit.

Resuscitation of new-borns can be difficult, especially in situations where equipment can be scarce and there may be only one healthcare worker to look after both the mother and the child.

Aisling’s project looked at designing a solution to this issue, by designing a device to help facilitate safe and effective bedside resuscitation. The device is currently in the prototype stage, and has the support of the Ugandan government.

Dr Slavik Tabakov, MSc Programme Director commented:

"Aisling was an exceptional student who richly deserves this coveted award. I also want to congratulate all the MSc team and the MSc project supervisors - Dr A Taktak and Dr E Akinluyi - for their contribution to this success.

“The outstanding achievement of Aisling follows another one this year – for a third time one of our MSc graduates receives the NHS Rising Star Award – again a unique achievement of all our students in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering."

Aisling said: 

“The lecturers and staff members I met at King's were invaluable in their support during the development stages of the project. The teaching I received during my MSc has come in useful time and again, and I'm very grateful for everything I've learnt there.”