A double win at the Student Awards 2018

Posted by ep273 at Jun 25, 2018 02:10 PM |
Helen Kuht, Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour Postgraduate Research student, has been presented with not one, but two prestigious awards; the Frank May Cup for Community Impact and Volunteering and the President and Vice Chancellor’s Student of the Year award at the Student Awards which took place on Wednesday 6 June.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the Frank May Cup which was donated by Dr Frank May, and his late wife Katherine, to to be awarded each year to an outstanding student volunteer who has made a positive impact in the community.

Helen has volunteered for winter night shelters and introduced new ways of engaging with the homeless by organising ‘morning walkabouts’ in Leicester and Birmingham.  She has utilised the skills gained through her experiences of working with the homeless to inspire new volunteers and has made an enormous difference to the causes she has been supporting.

Helen was taken aback and overwhelmed when she was announced as the winner, “I was completely shocked and overwhelmed to hear the result, so thank you all so much for this amazing opportunity, especially with the volume of incredible potential winners there were!”

Vanessa Harris, Volunteering Project Manager at the Career Development Service added: “I’m very impressed with Helen’s passion and commitment to volunteering and how she’s helping homeless people in both Leicester and Birmingham. Helen has gone the extra mile to make a positive difference in the local community and I honestly couldn’t think of a more deserving winner.”

However, the surprises continued as Helen was also awarded the prestigious President and Vice Chancellor’s Student of the Year award, which is presented annually and chosen by Professor Paul Boyle himself. This award recognises the student who has consistently demonstrated the highest standard of achievement throughout the year. They will have performed at an exceptional level across a number of activities and supported the development of their peers and colleagues.

The President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle said “Every year we see so many worthy nominees for this award and it is a testament to the fantastic students we have here at Leicester. They go above and beyond to get the most out of their experience here, not just in their studies, and have a positive impact on others. Helen’s achievements are a fantastic example of this and she is a well deserving winner.’’

The Career Development Service offer a variety of volunteering opportunities which enable students to develop valuable skills and experience to enhance their employability and help them in making informed career choices.  Students can use their volunteering experience to complete the Leicester Award programme which helps students to identify their strengths and develop key transferable skills.

When will you make a difference? Find out more about volunteering or email volunteer@le.ac.uk

For details of the Leicester Award programme please visit the Leicester Award webpage.

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