Student success in employee of the year awards

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Two University of Bedfordshire students are celebrating after winning regional honours in the national Student Employee of the Year awards (SEOTY).

Both Emily Thorne and Clive Gresswell both were triumphant in the SEOTY awards - the UK’s largest student awards. Emily won both the Above and Beyond and Step up to Leadership categories while Clive scooped the Job Shop/Student Temp Excellence Award.

The SEOTY awards – now in their 14th year - recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work with their study commitments.

Emily has been studying a BA (Hons) Business Management. During her placement year in 2014/15 Emily took on the organisation of the University’s annual Teaching Fair liaising with academics and employers and arranging marketing materials. The event was a great success.

Despite a heavy workload, including preparation for final exams and graduate scheme applications, Emily delivered another successful event taking on board feedback from the previous year.

She was nominated for both awards by the University’s employability adviser Christine Smith who said: “It was a huge achievement. Emily is an asset to the University and a good role model to the student body.”

Clive is studying a Master of Arts by Research (Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance) – creative writing.  He works 13 hours a week as a telephone interviewer and team leader calling university leavers and completing the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

He was nominated by service administrator Matthew Harris who said: “Clive exceeds expectations and can be wholly relied upon to complete any task in his manager’s absence. He is a dedicated member of the team with outstanding communication skills.”

On hearing she was a regional winner Emily said: “It's great to have won these awards after working on projects I am passionate about and looking to pursue my career in project or event management.”

Speaking about his award Clive said: “I am proud to have got to this stage and believe it is a good reflection of how my work colleagues see me. Now, I hope that adding this to my CV will help me find long-term employment."

Both are now invited to the national awards evening in Birmingham this later this month (7 July).

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