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Do you know a student whose efforts have improved University life?

Press release issued: 20 October 2011

The hunt is on for students who have made an outstanding contribution to University life, with special awards destined for the worthy winners.

Bristol University’s graduate body, know as Convocation, annually presents awards to those who have been identified as going above and beyond the call of duty.

Nominations are now open and up to four students are in with the chance of winning £500 each in recognition of their achievements.

The award may be given for any field except for sport, which is already recognised by the award of the University Red. The contribution may be to fellow members of the University or to people outside the University through community action, or it may reflect the overcoming of personal difficulties such as disability.

Nominations are invited from fellow students or from members of staff. Nominees may be either undergraduate or postgraduate students, but must be registered students at time of the awards ceremony in December.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, 4 November, and the awards winners for 2011 will be announced at the Convocation Reception on 8 December.

Last year’s winners included Peter Cooper, who successfully increased membership of the University’s Engineers Without Borders Society to over 800 members and he has expanded the society’s Outreach programme from 100 students to over 15,000 in a year.

Politics student Kay Hudson was chosen as an award-winner for her commitments to Student Community Action (SCA) since 2008, regularly supporting fundraising events and enthusiastically recruiting new members. For the previous two years, Kay had been a student coordinator for ‘Jolidays’, a scheme that provides activity days and residential weekends for young carers.

Fellow winner James Rae, an Earth Sciences student, has contributed enormously to building links between various Schools in the Faculty of Science. His achievements include setting up an interschool palaeoclimate group, bringing together research students from Earth Sciences, Geographical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology and Archaeology.

Economics and Finance student Thomas Vie was praised for his hard work as President of Orbital, the society for Freshers who are living outside Halls of Residence. Orbital is one of the University’s largest societies and plays a vital role in providing support to a large section of the student population. Under Thomas’s leadership, Orbital has run more events than ever before.

To nominate someone of this year’s Convocation Awards, please visit the Alumni website.


Further information

Please contact Campaigns and Alumni Relations for further information.
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