The IOM3 Technician of the Year Award 2007

An exceptional student has been commended by an international professional body for his achievements in the field of ceramics.

An exceptional student has been commended by an international professional body for his achievements in the field of ceramics.

Technician of the Year 2007 was awarded to Nigel Haywood by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

The IOM3 is an international professional body that gives two awards each year to students training to become materials or minerals technologists. The winners get a £500 cheque, a year’s free membership to the IOM3 and EngTech status – a title that demonstrates supervisory or technical responsibility as an engineering technician.

Nigel, a Kiln Technician at Ibstock Brick in Leicestershire, said: “I plan to make use of my EngTech status by introducing advanced technology into the brick industry with the support of IOM3 institute members and the university.

“The ceramics industry is currently changing rapidly, developing new products and energy efficient production methods – these are very exciting times.”

Nigel is currently studying the distance learning course Ceramic Technology: Energy Management, after graduating from Kiln Firing, at Staffordshire University. He added: “I highly recommend the Ceramic Technology courses for students wishing to enter the industry because there is a great future in it.”

After completing the Energy Management level two course Nigel plans to study for an MSC in Advanced Technology at Staffordshire University.

Dr Gordon Bancroft, Modeling & Applied Technology lecturer at Staffs, said: “Nigel was an exceptional student on the course, with his final two assignments being of dissertation quality, which is why we put him forward. We hope that Nigel's success will encourage other students on the course.”