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Win a behind the scenes tour of Gatwick with national STEM competition

Gatwick Airport has invited schools nationwide to submit their best energy saving ideas as it launches a competition that awards the winning team a behind the scenes tour of the airport.



A nationwide competition for secondary schools is being launched by London Gatwick via its ‘Learn Live’ online portal, challenging students to develop an effective energy saving idea, which could be implemented at the airport.

The aim of the competition is to encourage increased interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and will run in conjunction with the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme.

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The CREST Awards scheme is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work and encourages students to learn by solving a problem or answering a question, rather than simply following instructions or being presented with information.

Each school team that registers for the competition will also need to register separately for the CREST Bronze Award online and the first 20 teams that enter will have their registration fee for the Award paid for by the airport. There can be a maximum of one team from each school and 10 students in each team.

The students will receive specific instructions about how to submit their entry via the Learn Live video links, which are completely interactive and provide two-way communications. This will also provide the students with the unique opportunity to put their questions directly to airport engineering and technical staff, from their classroom, and receive immediate expert feedback on their ideas. The ideas can be anything from using a new low energy technology to how Gatwick could carry out a process in a more energy efficient way.

All entries will be displayed at the South East’s Big Bang Fair on the 27 and 28 June, which Gatwick is the headline sponsor for, and the winning team will be invited for a behind the scenes tour of the airport in July.

The competition forms part of Gatwick’s Community Engagement ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education strategy, including partnerships with other STEM initiatives, such as the Big Bang Fair and Learn Live broadcasts.

To enter and find out more information, schools should register their interest before the 23 March by emailing:, stating their name, school and contact details.

The airport is also supporting the Government’s national ‘Year of Engineering 2018’ campaign, which is celebrating engineering and helping to raise its status as an aspirational career path among young people, their parents and teachers.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“Gatwick is proud to be hosting this national competition and we look forward to seeing as many schools take part as possible.

“STEM skills are required for a wide range of jobs at the airport and it is our aim to inform and inspire the next generation of young people to consider a career using these skills.”

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Is your name Lucy or Lucia? Then you could win a trip to St Lucia with Virgin Holidays

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, Virgin Holidays is shining a light on St Lucia – the only place in the world to be named after a woman, Saint Lucie – by giving its namesakes across the UK a free chance to visit.



Virgin Holidays travel consultants Lucy Messina (age 31), Lucy Hudson (age 31) and Lucy McManus (age 23) in their namesake country, St Lucia, to launch the campaign ahead of International WomenÕs Day.

New research* commissioned by One Poll reveals that two thirds of British women struggle to take holidays, due to the pressures of balancing work and family life.  

Furthermore, only  5% of Brits can recall the only country named after a woman, compared to more than double the amount who can name at least one of the 23 countries named after a man.

Virgin Holidays travel consultants Lucy Messina (age 31), Lucy Hudson (age 31) and Lucy McManus (age 23) in their namesake country, St Lucia, to launch the campaign ahead of International WomenÕs Day.

To kick off the St Lucia and International Women’ celebrations, three Virgin Holidays travel consultants who share their namesake with the nation, Lucy Messina, Lucy McManus and Lucy Hudson, travelled to St Lucia to check the island out for themselves.

Lucy Hudson, Virgin Holidays Travel Consultant, said:

“Saint Lucia is such an incredible country with beautiful scenary and beautiful people. I’m so proud to be able to claim the same name an link to the only nation it the world named after a woman – and now Lucys all over the UK have the chance to experience it too.”

Joe Thompson, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, added:

“We wanted to celebrate St Lucia’s place in the world – the one country named after a woman – by empowering St Lucie’s namesakes, Lucys and Lucias across the UK, with the opportunity to visit this tropical island paradise. We believe that everyone can take on the world and this International Women’s Day – we want to focus on the females who are doing just that.”

St Lucia was named by French explorers who discovered the island in the Caribbean sea, and named it after St Lucy of Syracuse who was a Christian martyr, who died via persecution of the Roman Empire in 304AD.

St Lucia’s female roots continue to ring true as women shape the destination it is today. The nation boasts the third highest number of female bosses per capita in the world with over 50% of management roles held by women**.

Tiffany Howard, acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, said:

“We commend everyone’s contribution to the growth and success of travel and tourism in Saint Lucia. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the efforts and achievements of women in particular.  It’s an opportunity to pay tribute to the thousands of women in Saint Lucia, and the millions across the world who make a positive difference.”

The ability to win a free flight is available between March 7 – March 11 and is eligible for anyone in Britain with the name “Lucy” or “Lucia” on their passport.  To enter, and to read full terms and conditions, visit

*According to consumer research of 1,000 British people commissioned by Virgin Holidays and conducted by OnePoll in February 2019.

**According to research from the International Labor Organisation

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