Student wins Medical Engineering Award
Aisling Barry, a 2016 graduate from the King’s College London MSc Clinical Engineering programme, has been awarded the Mercia Award in Medical Engineering.
The Mercia Award in Medical Engineering is made annually to a student under 30 to provide a bursary of £500 towards the cost of a taught or research programme of postgraduate studies in Medical Engineering.
King’s College London has won four such national awards - all of them by students or graduates of the MSc Clinical Sciences (Clinical Engineering) and MSc Medical Engineering and Physics programmes. This year the awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal.
In addition to four Mercia Award wins over four years, King’s College London Masters graduates have also won three NHS Rising Star Awards in the same time.
Aisling specialised in rehabilitation engineering during her Masters. As part of this, she spent a placement in Uganda, where her interest in the use of healthcare technology in low resource areas began. That time shaped her final MSc project, the development of a mobile neonatal resuscitation unit. Resuscitation of newborns can be difficult, especially in situations where equipment can be scarce and there might be only one healthcare worker to look after both the mother and child.
The project looked at designing a solution for this issue, facilitating safe and effective bedside resuscitation. The device is currently in the prototype stage, and has the support of the Ugandan government.
Aisling Barry commented:
The lecturers and staff members I met at King's College London 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.
Dr Slavik Tabakov, MSc Programme Director at King’s College London, said:
Aisling was an exceptional student who richly deserves this coveted award. I also want to congratulate all MSc team and the MSc project supervisors – Dr A Taktak and Dr E Akinluyi – for their contribution to this success.