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Middlesex’s Puja the face of WorldSkills

Middlesex student Puja Varsani has been selected to be one of the faces of a poster campaign for the international skills competition WorldSkills.

A Middlesex student has been selected to be one of the faces of a poster campaign for the international skills competition WorldSkills.

Puja Varsani is adorning posters on tube and rail stations throughout London for the event, which will be held in London’s Excel centre from 5-8 October 2011.

The Product Design student will be competing at the event with her Middlesex teammate Darren Lewis, who also studies Product Design. The pair have been selected to represent the UK in the Mobile Robotics category.

“It’s been strange seeing posters of me around London and the attention it’s been getting,” said Puja. “But, it’s been a great experience so far and the adverts are a good build up to the competition and hopefully will get the country behind Team UK.”

Darren Lewis is also excited about representing the UK at the event: “I can’t believe the competition is nearly here as we’ve been training really hard for a long time now.  I’ve had to manage my time carefully as I’ve been fitting in training while completing my final year at University. 

“However, the event next week will not only allow me to demonstrate the skills I’ve learnt, but also provide me with a platform for my final year robotics project that will be exhibited at the show,” he said. 

Darren&Puja_stdWordSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world. Around 1,000 competitors from 50 countries will compete in a wide range of skills competitions, cheered on by a crowd of over 150,000 at the four-day event.

“Puja and Darren have had to go through a tough selection process to get to this stage, they’ve got an impressive list of achievements behind them,” said Dr Aleksandar Zivanovic, a senior lecturer at Middlesex University, who is also the Training Manager for the UK Mobile Robotics team.

 “They’ve trained really hard throughout the year and I have no doubt that that they will prove to be very strong competitors at the World Skills event this year. I wish them every success,” he added.

The pair have competed together many times before. In 2009 and 2010 Darren and Puja won gold in the UK Skills finals. Also in 2010 they won bronze at EuroSkills in Lisbon, Portugal.

Middlesex University will also be hosting a ‘Have a Go’ area at the competition as part of a campaign to create one million opportunities for people across the UK to ‘Have a Go’ at a new skill. Individuals will be able to try their hand at programming a simple robot at the Middlesex stand.

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