Devon heads for Oxford

Devon Howard and Philip Johnson from Potash
Devon Howard and Philip Johnson from Potash

A BUDDING politician from Whitby has finally gained his place at the prestigious University of Oxford after missing out last year because it was over subscribed.

Devon Howard (19), a coxswain for the Fisherlad’s Rowing Club, will start a Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree in the autumn after being told last year that despite getting straight As and A* grades in his A-levels there wasn’t a place for him.

But in the last year he has been gaining valuable work experience with York Potash which he believes helped him with his application for an Oxford place.

During the company’s recent seismic survey work to analyse below ground conditions, Devon of Helredale Road has been working as an assistant liaison officer.

This involved liaising with the local community to keep them informed of progress of the survey work as well as co-ordinating a traffic management plan, which helped to minimise disruption and ensure safety throughout the works.

Devon said: “It is great to be able to gain experience of working on a major project that is so important to the local area and it is good to know that there will be potential employment opportunities after my degree at Oxford. “It was a unique experience and provided me with a good insight of the operation.”

Matt Parsons, Education and Skills Manager at York Potash says added: “Equipping young local people with the skills and experience to work on the project is very important to us and we want thank Devon for all his hard work.

“A new mine will create a significant number of highly-skilled jobs and it is important that we can outline the opportunities that will be available.”