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BTYSTE teams up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

By January 13, 2018No Comments

 More than 40 pupils from Northern Ireland will be taking part in next week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Dublin, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors.

15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College in Belfast is hoping to impress judges with his project, which uses a computer programme to model electrochemical cell reactions to build better batteries.

The 4th year student will present his research alongside 550 other science and technology projects, which are all competing for the coveted title of ‘BT Young Scientist & Technologist’.

Harvey says:

“I’m really excited about going to Dublin and seeing what all the other students have come up with. It’s the same week as my mock exams and one of these has had to be re-scheduled but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

“I’ve learned so much and my project has already taken me to Queen’s University, where I’ve been talking to researchers in the Department of Chemistry.  I want to develop better batteries and, ultimately, address the biggest challenges facing the world, like climate change and the need for renewable energy.”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) so that participants, like Harvey, can use their project work to count towards the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Kate Thompson, DofE Director in Northern Ireland, says: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.  It’s valued by employers and universities – just like participation in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

“That’s why it made sense for us to team up, so that students preparing for BTYSTE can use their preparation to complete the Skills section of a Bronze DofE programme.”

Peter Morris, Head of Service Delivery for BT in Northern Ireland, says:

“It’s great to see young people like Harvey developing a real interest in science.  Talking to him, I can see how much time and effort he has put into his project.

“The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is all about encouraging students to gain new science and technology skills outside the classroom and, by teaming up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, we’re allowing participants to make the most of their new skills and knowledge, rather than asking them to choose between different extra-curricular activities.

“As a leading technology company, we want to inspire a future workforce of science and technology innovators.  This is why we are so proud of our continued involvement with BTYSTE and I am looking forward to seeing the extraordinary achievements of this year’s participants on show at next week’s exhibition in Dublin.”

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Notes to Editors:

Photograph attached:  (Left to Right) Kate Thompson, Director DofE NI, with Peter Morris, Head of service Delivery for BT in NI, and 15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College.


About The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that is currently helping 420,000 young people to develop for life and work in the UK. In 2016/2017, over 270,000 young people started a DofE programme, including nearly 50,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in 10,800 DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 2,600 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

In total, over six million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.7 million Awards since 1956. In 2016/2017, 133,369 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is supported by UK employers including Amey, St James’s Place, Tarmac, British Gas, DFS, Heathrow and RSM who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No 1072453. There are more than one million young people currently participating globally in more than 140 countries and territories.

In Northern Ireland The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Gaisce – The President’s Award have worked together closely since Gaisce – The President’s Award was established in 1985 under a Joint Award Initiative Agreement.  This enables any young person who meets the conditions of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme within Northern Ireland, at any of its three levels, to have a choice of certification – from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Gaisce – The President’s Award, or the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.  The Joint Award is administered by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Northern Ireland.

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For more information on the Joint Award Initiative go to


About BT:

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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