Borders College

Engineer Lauren flying high as Scotland’s top Air Cadet

A Borders College Electrical Engineering student is celebrating her recent recognition by the Air Training Corps as being the top female Air Cadet in the Scotland and Northern Ireland region.

Lauren Cardwell

Lauren Cardwell is pictured with Air Commodore McCafferty (photo credit: RAF Cranwell Photographic)

Having already achieved the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer in the 1716 (Roxburgh) Squadron, 19 year old Lauren Cardwell from Jedburgh recently travelled to RAF College Cranwell as the only female from the Scotland and Northern Ireland Region region to be put forward for the prestigious ATC 75 Sword.  2018 also marked the first year that both male and female Air Cadets were nominated from the same squadron, with Aaron Dickson (also from Jedburgh) nominated for the male category.

Although she did not win the top title, Lauren can proudly say that she is the UK runner up (among a total of 31,000 female Air Cadets from across the UK and abroad), and was also delighted to be awarded the Andrew Sash for the second year running.

Currently studying towards her HNC in Electrical Engineering, Lauren has always wanted to become a pilot in the Royal Air Force and was first introduced to the Air Cadets, at age 14, by one of her teachers at Jedburgh Grammar School.  After taking a liking to the electrical side of Physics whilst at school, she decided to study a subject she truly enjoyed.

Aware of the fact that the RAF rate candidates with a degree level qualification highly, Lauren is looking forward to beginning the first year of a BSC (Hons) in Electrical Engineering at Dundee University in September, where she has also secured a place in the RAF’s University Air Squadron with whom she will be flying whilst completing her honours degree.

Lauren says:

“My HNC year at College has provided a foundation and stepping stone for going on to University.  I want to gain my degree before applying to join the RAF as a pilot so that I have something to fall back on should things not go to plan.”

Lauren’s Lecturer, Jimmy Louth, commented:

“Lauren is a polite and positive minded student.  She approaches her work with a smile and a ‘can do’ attitude.  I am sure she will be a success in the future.”

Borders College wishes Lauren the best of luck when she progresses to Dundee University.

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Published: Thu 21st Jun, 2018