James Bell

University of Leeds - Sciences
Trace element analysis of gold from Leadhills, Scotland using LA-ICP-MS to determine the ore forming processes
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My expectations going into the scholarship were that the academic part would take up the main chunk of my time, and that was correct. It’s also been the best part of the scholarship, spending time on the equipment and spending time out in the field has been very rewarding and taught me a lot of skills that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. 

The leadership element of the scholarship was very beneficial. The key skills that I took from it were: learning how to work as a team, learning how to apply myself in a team scenario based on my personality, how to apply myself as a leader based on my personality and what tasks I should take on and what tasks I should probably avoid.

What is James up to now?

Currently studying Geological Science at University of Leeds


James Bell

My project uses laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy to analyse trace elements in natural gold from the Caledonian mountain range in Scotland. The reason I chose this particular project is because it focuses on a branch of research in mineralisation that is not at the forefront, but is very important and in the background. Most research in most universities occurs around porphyry systems, which are volcanic mineralising systems, and epithermal systems as well. The speciality at Leeds in the Ores and Minerals group is orogenic mineralisation, and orogenic gold.

International Travel

Without the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to go to the Society of Economic Geologists Undergraduate Conference in Vancouver this year. Most people are advised to go once, and that’s in their third year when they’re looking for jobs. Being able to go twice (once funded by the Scholarship and once self-funded) and hopefully present a poster each time will be very useful for building my network and getting recognised in that area of the world.