Female ITers get top exam scores in 2001

For the second year running women have come first in the two top BCS professional examinations.

For the second year running women have come first in the two top BCS professional examinations.

Sarah Ferebee won the £500 prize for being the top-scoring candidate among those who took the BCS diploma last year, and Lucy Hopton took the prize for the professional graduate diploma. Both studied through Southampton Institute, where BCS council member Margaret Ross is a senior lecturer and enthusiastic promoter of the society.

Ferebee recommends the qualifications to others. "The BCS exams have given me a broader and more informed view, putting my work in context and giving me an understanding of other people's roles," she says.

A third Southampton Institute candidate, Michael Davenport, won the Sidney Michaelson Medallion for the best professional project. The medallion is sponsored by Edinburgh and Staffordshire Universities and was introduced in memory of a long-serving member of the BCS Examiners Board.

"Studying for the BCS examinations has given me a breadth and depth of knowledge which has directly benefited my career development," says Davenport.

"Winning the Sidney Michaelson Medallion is the icing on the cake. I was 40 last year, and I hope other older people will see that you don't have to be young to do well and be dynamic in IT."

Davenport was presented with the medallion at a meeting of the New Zealand Computer Society in Wellington, where he now works for the Government Communications Security Board.

Simon Lindley, another Southampton Institute student, achieved the second highest scores in both the diploma and the certificate examinations.

The outstanding candidate in the professional certificate exam was Thanmura Elvitigala, who is based in Sri Lanka. The BCS has about 1,500 members in Sri Lanka - the society's biggest territory outside the UK.

The certificate is marked at first-year HND level, the diploma at HND level and the professional graduate diploma at honours degree level.

Further information
BCS Exams: www.bcs.org/exams

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