University of Worcester Award recognises students’ extra-curricular work

204 students have been recognised at the University of Worcester for their extra-curricular work by achieving the Worcester Award this academic year.

The Worcester Award is the university’s employability award, through which students gain formal recognition for completing a range of activities that benefit themselves and their community. The numbers of Worcester Award achievers in the 2018-19 academic year are:  33 Bronze, 38 Silver; 113 Gold; 20 Platinum. The Worcester Platinum Award was successfully piloted in April this year. To achieve the Platinum Award, students attended a three-day leadership course and developed ideas to improve students’ university experience.

The Worcester Award Celebration Event took place on 15 May 2019 in the Joel Richards Conference Suite in the University Arena. The event was attended by students, their guests, lecturers, local employers and the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Allah Ditta.

The keynote speech was given by Mark Stansfeld, Chair of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and giffgaff. Marie Jenkins, a previous Worcester Gold Award winner and founder of Advance Your Wellbeing, also gave a speech, and Maggie Doyle, Worcestershire Poet Laureate Emeritus, read a specially-commissioned poem about the Worcester Award. The Worcester Award certificates were presented to students by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Ross Renton.

Worcester Award achievers have come from the UK and the following countries: China; Estonia; Romania; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Norway; Finland; Slovakia; Gibraltar; Mauritius and the USA.

Students doing the Worcester Award this year have been involved in a range of wonderful experiences, including:

  • Welfare benefit casework
  • Creating displays for a maternity ward
  • Volunteering at the opening of the Commonwealth Games
  • British Heart Foundation charity shop volunteer
  • Youth offending team volunteer
  • LGBT history film project
  • Befriending a blind person as a volunteer with AGE UK Reconnection
  • Media support for the Dogs’ Trust
  • Disability society volunteer

Three students also received additional special recognition awards. They were Megan Trinder for Outstanding Overall Performance, Brandon Caffull for Outstanding Presentation and Ashleigh Smith for Outstanding Interview. Each student received vouchers, which were sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors and Worcestershire Advance. Barclays Bank sponsored the new Platinum Award and Worcestershire Ambassadors also sponsored the Celebration Event.

The photos of the Celebration Event were taken by Martin Humby and some of the photos here.

For more information about the Worcester Award, email worcesteraward@worc.ac.uk.

The Careers & Employability Service is keen to hear from more local employers who would like to be involved in the Worcester Award, particularly as panel members for Gold Award interviews.