Leicester Law graduate shortlisted for ‘Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014’

Posted by er134 at Jan 27, 2014 10:43 AM |
National award celebrates student volunteers’ positive impact on local communities

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 January 2014

A University of Leicester Law graduate has been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014.

Michaela Dowe-Stephenson, 22, was nominated for the highly-esteemed accolade after her outstanding volunteering work with the Leicestershire Youth Offending Service and Witness Service.

The Student Volunteer of the Year award is a national celebration of the positive impact students have on their local and global communities through volunteering.

The award celebrates the very best student volunteers from across the country and highlights the positive contribution they have made to their communities.

Chandni Sandhu, Volunteering Co-ordinator at the University’s Career Development Service, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear Michaela has been shortlisted for this award from nominations across the UK.

“Throughout her time at university, Michaela spent any spare time away from her studies volunteering and acting as a positive role model to youth offenders, as well as supporting witnesses and victims of crime.

“We’re really proud of her achievements.”

As part of the nomination, Michaela has been invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London, which will be hosted by former Paralympic athlete Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE.

This is not the first time that Michaela has been recognised for her efforts – she won the Leicester Award Student of the Year (http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2013/july/student-volunteers-excel-at-student-awards-event) last summer through the Volunteering Award.

The Volunteering Award (http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/careers-new/exp/la/experiences/volunteering) is part of the Leicester Award for Employability, which aims to equip students with the vital skills and experiences needed to get ahead in the graduate labour market, whilst making a positive impact in the community.

To find out more about the extra-curricular opportunities available to students, visit the Career Development Service website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/careers-new

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For more information contact Mark Maher, Extra-Curriculum Project Co-ordinator, at mm475@le.ac.uk

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