In 2016, Daniel Jones - who grew up in Rhyl - was one of only 14 in the UK to be accepted to do a PhD in the Photoluminescence of Diamonds at Imperial College, London, through the Diamond Science and Technology Centre for Doctoral Training, based at Warwick University. After recently completing his PhD, Daniel was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree and is permitted to use the title ‘Dr’.
His thesis was entitled: ‘Development of a multi-dimensional luminosity microscope and its application to imaging and spectroscopy of luminescent defects in diamond’. He is now about to jet off to the USA to work for a research institution that has interest in instrumentation for diamonds.
Not forgetting his roots, Daniel came back to Rhyl College a few years after completing his A-levels there, to give a talk to students on his experiences at the Rhyl Sixth, university life, his fledging career, and his newly-found love for diamonds.
He was one of the first AS-level cohort to start at the Rhyl Sixth in 2010, after completing his studies at Rhyl High School. He completed his A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Maths, as well as gaining the Welsh Baccalaureate and AS-levels in Chemistry and ICT.
Speaking about his time at the Rhyl Sixth, he said: “I had an absolutely fantastic experience over the two years. Rhyl Sixth is very friendly and accommodating, and without the talent and support of the tutors, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today.”
After Rhyl Sixth, Daniel completed a four-year integrated Masters’ degree at Aberystwyth University. He will then study for a one-year MSc degree at Warwick University before completing his three-year PhD at Imperial College. A PhD is a Doctorate of Philosophy, and is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates talent, academic excellence and a thirst for knowledge.
He said: “I did two projects on diamonds during my university studies at Aberystwyth, and I soon realised that they were my new passion. As soon as I heard about the doctoral centre, I was keen to apply, even though UK places were limited.”
For more information on A-level courses at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhyl Sixth - which is situated on Coleg Llandrillo's Rhyl campus - contact the college on 01745 354 797.