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Careers recognise the hard work students, staff, alumni, employers and voluntary organisations make to enhance employability and increase the work-related skills amongst our students and graduates. The annual Careers Awards evening is our opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate this hard work and present awards to those who have made a valuable contribution to Careers at Edge Hill University.

Do you love your part-time job or voluntary role? Does your placement manager provide you with great support and on-going training? Have you taken the first steps into your future career and gone above and beyond in your graduate role? If so, you can get involved to make our 2024 Careers Awards evening bigger and better! Simply submit your nominations and get involved!

The Careers Awards are back for 2024!

Nominations open Monday 20 November for the careers event of the Year – the Careers Awards Evening. Now is your chance to shine a spotlight on the outstanding contributors to Careers within our university and those we work closely with!

Join Careers in celebrating the hard work students, alumni, staff, the Edge Hill Student Union, employers and voluntary organisations make to improve employability and increase the work-related skills amongst our students and graduates. This is your chance to get your nominations in and celebrate your winners!

Our Careers Awards are open to students, alumni, staff, the Edge Hill Student Union, employers and voluntary organisations and there’s a range of awards to get involved in!

Due to overwhelming interest, we have decided to extend the nominations! The new deadline for nominations is 11.59pm Sunday 28 January 2024. Let’s make the Careers Awards Evening truly exceptional!

Hear from some of our 2023 winners

Student Élise Westbury-Jones posing with her glass award in front of the Edge Hill University crest.

“I felt so grateful to be shortlisted for Sandwich Placement Student of the Year, and the awards evening was incredible! After I received my award, I had the opportunity to have professional photos taken and speak to my fellow winners and runners-up. It was lovely to hear about what everyone had achieved and be inspired by each of the award speeches. Throughout my placement at Gymshark, I have had countless opportunities to demonstrate what I have learnt at university, and I am so grateful to be recognised for my success by the Edge Hill Careers Team.”

Student Élise Westbury-Jones

Sandwich Placement of the Year Winner

“We were delighted to have been nominated, and win, the best Department for Employability (including Employability Lead) Award. This success reflects the considerable hard work all colleagues in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity have invested in enhancing our graduate employability work, especially with the support of the Careers Team. The increasing proportion of our students who go on to secure graduate employment after 15 months of being awarded their degree is testimony to the impact this work has had on students’ outcomes, and to the embedded nature of our employability and careers provision across all levels of study. We would like to thank all colleagues in the Careers Team for their support, and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Professor Andy Smith, Sport and Physical Activity

Best Department for Employability including Employability Lead of the Year Winner

Professor Andy Smith, Sport and Physical Activity, stood with Mark Allanson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), collecting his glass award.

Careers Awards Winners & Runners-up 2023

Take a look at the 2023 award categories and our winners and runners-up below.

Student Volunteer of the Year

  • Winner: Gabby Howson-Tax. Gabby works incredibly hard volunteering with the Scouts, from opening and running the first Squirrel Drey in Blackpool, to being the Blackpool District Youth Commissioner, Gabby represents what Scouts is all about, living the values of care, respect, integrity and cooperation, and inspires so many people within the Scouts.
  • Runner-Up: Emilia McRobie, Uni Boob Team Volunteer.

Voluntary Organisation of the Year

  • Winner: CoppaFeel! CoppaFeel! are a charity that work to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, and have provided volunteering opportunities that have allowed our students to learn new skills, such as event management and public speaking, grow in confidence, and build a successful team of on campus volunteers.

Sandwich Placement of the Year

  • Winner: Élise Westbury-Jones. Élise faced strong competition but was successful securing a placement in a dream company, Gymshark. Élise then excelled, working in numerous sections of the Cyber Security team, making a substantial impact in each, as well as undertaking additional professional training, helping cement a career path following graduation.
  • Runner-Up: Alexander Jay, VMware Sandwich Placement.

Sandwich Placement Provider of the Year

  • Winner: The Walton Centre. The Walton Centre provide a range of sandwich placement opportunities for Computer Science students, allowing them to gain invaluable knowledge and develop an understanding of real-world technology and gain hands-on experience working on projects, supporting their employability and enhancing their graduate career prospects.
  • Runner-Up: VMware UK.

Student Employee of the Year

  • Winner: Eleanor Rowell. Through part-time work, Eleanor has become an integral part of the Student Life and the Widening Access and Participation teams, working on a variety of projects helping support EHU students. Eleanor is passionate about improving the lives of current Edge Hill students and is a prominent ambassador for all things Edge Hill.
  • Runner-Up: Maisie Gotham, Divine Days Community CIC.
  • Runner-Up: Rhianna Walton, Springfield Montessori Nursery.

Student Employer of the Year

  • Winner: The Media Store. Based in Creative Edge, The Media Store has employed students for the last five years and allows Film and Television students to loan equipment necessary for their course and projects. Through The Media Store, students can work flexibly around their studies and develop key skills, including industry essential equipment knowledge.
  • Runner-Up: Student Life Team.

Graduate Employee of the Year

  • Winner: Matthew Price. Matthew, a Mental Health Nursing & Social Work (Hons) graduate, was part of the first ever cohort of this course to graduate from EHU and now works for The Priory. Matthew is passionate about improving patient outcomes and has already made a big difference to the hospital.
  • Runner-Up: Amber Humphries, JBA Consulting.
  • Runner-Up: Ellis Kindred, Wigan Council.

Graduate Employer of the Year

  • Joint Winner: D3t. D3t are a games company based in Runcorn that works with Computer Science students to boost their employability and offer careers advice. D3t have been committed to enhancing students’ employability, integral to enriching their experiences, and have participated in activities to develop skills, delivering lectures and live briefs, preparing students for graduate employment.
  • Joint Winner: Everton in the Community. EitC is a top UK sporting charity that uses sport to motivate, educate and inspire vulnerable and underprivileged people in local communities. Their commitment to career development has enabled students and graduates access to unique and exclusive opportunities to develop skills, experiences and graduate attributes, and secure roles in sport, health, education and wellbeing.

Alumni Award

  • Winner: Eleanor Groves. Eleanor is a qualified Solicitor at Express Solicitors and an exceptional role model for Law students at EHU. Eleanor continues to work with the department, including holding the role of Alumni President since September 2021 and regularly visits Edge Hill to give taster lectures to students and attend law Advisory Panels, helping the department build strong links with Express Solicitors.
  • Runner-Up: Tenderfoot Theatre Company.
  • Runner-Up: Andrew Harrison, Southport Bijou Cinema.

Best Department for Employability including Employability Lead of the Year

  • Winner: Sport and Physical Activity – Employability Lead: Andy Smith. The Sport and Physical Activity department work collaboratively to deliver a wide range of quality employability activities and work-related learning experiences. This provides students with different opportunities to enhance employability, including working with major organisations such as Everton in the Community and the Tackling the Blues project.
  • Runner-Up: Early Years Education – Initial Teacher Education and Early Career Teacher Employability Lead: Heidi Winrow.
  • Runner-Up: Primary and Childhood Education – Strategic Employability Lead: Mark Sutcliffe.

Student Union Contributor of the Year

  • Winner: Jack Richardson. As Arts & Sciences President for the Students’ Union, Jack has been an outstanding asset and has been dedicated to improving career prospects for students in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. As part of this, Jack launched a consultation to explore placement and career opportunities, and as a result, has increased careers engagement from Faculty of Arts & Sciences students.
  • Runner-Up: Amy Fox, Student Adviser.