RONJA Bergmann travelled across the world to attend her Teesside University academic awards ceremony recently.

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, who is originally from Germany, now lives in Australia where she works as a forensic chemist for forensic science service provider ChemCentre. While at Teesside University, Ronja who achieved a first class degree, accepted the Professor Leni Oglesby prize for achievement.

Additional accolades achieved by Ronja were the Forensic Science Society’s most meritorious undergraduate student award, the Rob Cumming Memorial Prize for her final year research project and the Forensic Science Service accredited University Student Award: best undergraduate research project.

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Joining Ronja at her graduation ceremony were members of her family, including husband Max, himself a Teesside University graduate. Ronja was living in Germany with Max before starting the degree. The couple now live in Perth, Western Australia.

She said: “I really enjoyed the degree at Teesside as it was so multi-disciplinary, providing an in-depth understanding of the key natural sciences, while also offering a good insight into policing and quality management which are all essential components of the job as a forensic scientist.

Max, who graduated from Teesside’s MSc Management in 2010, competed with the German national team in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics. During his time at Teesside he was involved in the University’s Elite Athlete scheme. He said: “I was completing my master’s in Germany and Ronja wanted to study forensic science. We decided to come to Teesside University as it was the only place which offered the type of course which Ronja was looking for.

“One of my professors in Germany knew of Teesside and recommended it as a place where I continue my master’s while Ronja completed the degree. I really enjoyed my time at Teesside University.”