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Careers Awards celebrate student success

Posted on 8 July 2014

A special celebration at the University of York marked the extra-curricular achievements of final year students who have contributed to the University and wider York community.

Careers Awards 2014. Photo: Mark Woodward

The Careers Awards: Class of 2014 honoured York students who have taken part in a wide range of volunteering, community, enterprise or York Award activities.

Organised by the Careers team, the awards included:

  • The Shepherd Group Awards for Student Volunteering. These recognise the hard work of University of York students in three categories – Commitment, Impact and Innovation.  
  • Business and Enterprise awards for outstanding contributions in the categories of Student Internship Bureau term-time project and Student Enterprise.
  • York Awards for contributions to the arts, student societies, business and enterprise, and community, plus a special York Award of the Year.

Representatives from the Shepherd Group and other organisations that provide opportunities and support students attended the celebration at the Ron Cooke Hub. Prizes were provided by the York Society Trust and awarded by the University’s Director of Careers Liz Smith.

Liz Smith said: “The Careers Awards are a great opportunity for us and the wider University to recognise the fantastic extra-curricular achievements of our students.”

Further information:

  • The prize winners were:
    Shepherd Group Awards for Student Volunteering
    The award for Commitment to Volunteering was won by Owen Hurford for his outstanding commitment to the work of Lives Unlimited, a local, independent community organisation which aims to enable disabled people in the York area to have control over their lives. Owen developed a newsletter, social media and provided web editing skills. He also taught members of Lives Unlimited relevant IT skills, enabling the organisation to continue the work he has started.

    The award for Impact to Volunteering went to seven York Students in Schools (YSIS) volunteers from the Department of Mathematics for their work with the York Mathematical Excellence Club (y=mx+c). The students acted as Maths coaches for talented pupils from seven York secondary schools.
    A collaborative project with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to produce a Dementia Friendly Film Guide for Business, won an @Work project team the award for Innovation in Volunteering. The team produced a short film as part of the Dementia Friendly York campaign.
    Business and Enterprise
    The award for Outstanding Contribution: Student Internship Bureau Term-Time Project went to Amy Reeve who completed a marketing internship with Trustmarque Solutions as a way of pursuing two of her interests; writing and computers. Her work included creating blog pieces and optimising online content.
    Charlie Simpson-Daniel won the award for Outstanding Contribution: Student Enterprise. As well as studying at the York Management School for the last three years, Charlie has launched and grown his business Kings Biltong to a position where he now employs 10 staff. His products are endorsed by leading sports stars and are stocked nationwide. In recognition of his achievements, he was also awarded the Duke of York's Young Entrepreneur Award for the University of York in 2013.
    The York Award
    The Contribution to the Arts award went to Luisa Hohmann, who has demonstrated her interest in the Arts as Treasurer of the Society for Art and Architecture Scholarship in York (SAASY). This is one of the leading societies for events and activities around the fine arts. She has also played an organisational role in the running of the University’s Norman Rea Gallery.
    Sara Fells won the Contribution to Student Societies award for founding the University’s Tea Society. York Award assessors were also impressed that she was involved in both the Culture Society and Kayaking Society, showing how broadly student interests can spread.
    The Contribution to Business and Enterprise award was won by Sarah Gamble. During her time at University, Sarah has developed her business, Ethics/Adorned. Sarah has also attended an Entrepreneurs’ Boot Camp and was awarded an enterprise internship in summer 2013.
    Alice Horne, a dedicated volunteer throughout her time at York, received the Contribution to the Community award. She has participated in a wide range of the volunteering programmes including @Work on the York Stories 2012 project, developing a children’s trail for the National Trust and participating in York Students in Schools (YSIS). Over the last year, Alice has been a charity intern for York Cares, supporting communications for the charity.
    The York Award of the Year went to Hayley Georgia Carr for Lauriston Lights, a social enterprise that she co-founded which runs summer camps for children. Its vision is that ‘no child’s future should be pre-determined by their socio-economic background by the time they go to secondary school’. Lauriston Lights has received funding through the University’s Careers team.
  • For more information about opportunities offered by Careers at the University of York visit

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