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Date: 09/06/2017

The Worcester Award allows University of Worcester students to record extra activities they engage in during their time at the University and encourages them to reflect upon how these activities can help to improve their future employability.

252 students have been recognised this year for their extra-curricular work by achieving the Worcester Award. This is the highest number to achieve the award since it began in 2010. 43 achieved Bronze, 90 Silver and 119 Gold. To achieve Gold, students must complete a presentation and interview. Dawn Hardman from Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce was part of a Gold Award interview panel and attended the Celebration Event that took place in the Joel Richards Media Suite in the University Arena on 24th May. Speeches were given by the Mayor of Worcester – Cllr Steve Mackay, Katy Rees – Managing Director of Smile Education and Ross Renton – Pro Vice Chancellor Students.

Worcester Award achievers have come from across the UK and the following countries: Portugal; Czech Republic; Romania; Bulgaria; Sweden; Latvia; China; Nigeria; Italy; Germany; Finland; Lithuania; Estonia; Spain and Croatia. Students have completed a range of fascinating activities that, having reflected upon, will help them to become more employable and stand out from the crowd. Examples of these activities are: Chinese Mandarin classes; special constable; fencing society; work experience at a museum; volunteering at a Hindu temple; setting up an Arts & Craft business; editor of a student magazine; volunteer with St. John’s ambulance; vice-chair of the cheerleading sports fair.

Three students also received additional special recognition awards. They were: Anthony Redfern – Outstanding Overall Performance; Heather Edwards – Outstanding Presentation; Christopher Jordan – Outstanding Interview. Each student received Amazon vouchers, which were funded by this year’s Worcester Award sponsors, Worcestershire Ambassadors and Sanctuary Housing.

For more information about the Worcester Award, people are encouraged to email Neil Laurenson, Student Employability Activities Co-ordinator, at He 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.