New awards event to honour stand-out students at University of Leicester

Posted by er134 at May 08, 2013 11:51 AM |
Awards will celebrate students’ achievements in areas such as student representation, volunteering and enterprise

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 May 2013

A new University of Leicester awards ceremony will celebrate the achievements of students – and will honour a standout student whose achievements are a model and inspiration for others.

The first University of Leicester Student Awards will bring together all the separate awards offered to students each year into an Oscars-style awards evening.

The evening will include awards for students who have excelled at graduate internships, volunteering, student representation and the Leicester Award.

There will also be awards for best student group, best course representative, best students’ union parliament officer and best student ambassador.

The on-going ‘Superstars Award’ programme, voted for by students across the University, will also culminate at this prestigious event with awards presented to the overall winners.

To top it all off, the Vice-Chancellor’s Student of the Year Award will be given to the “best of the best” from all of the individual categories.

The awards have been jointly organised by the University of Leicester Students' Union and the University’s Career Development Service.

Dan Flatt, Academic Affairs Officer at the University of Leicester Students' Union, said: “In the past, there have been a number of different award programmes operating across the University and the Union and we felt that some of them didn’t get as much funding and recognition as they deserved. Also there were some areas of exceptional student endeavour that were just not getting recognised at all.

“The idea was to bring all the programmes together to form a more credible, visible and sustainable platform. The Student Awards event will be jointly funded by the Students’ Union and the University’s Career Development Service. The awards evening will be a chance for a bit of glamour and celebration.

“The Vice-Chancellor’s Student of the Year Award will celebrate the most rounded award-winner across each of the specialist categories.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: “This is a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of some of our outstanding students. It is by participating in activities like these that individuals will develop the skills they need to become highly employable to top graduate recruiters.”

The University of Leicester Student Awards Dinner will be held on Monday, June 17 in the Percy Gee Building (Students’ Union) from 6.30-10.30pm. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/10mUqp4

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