Each year, Edge Hill University’s Careers Team hold their Careers Awards event, which recognises the achievements of students who have worked (on or off campus, often in supportive roles), volunteered in the community or on campus, or have undertaken placements or internships, during the last year.
We are delighted that this year Tanvi Chopra (BSc Physical Geography & Geology) is joint winner of the category Internal Internship/Placement Student of the Year.
Undertaking internships alongside my course, has provided an opportunity for professional development while continuing with my studies. It has definitely enhanced my time-management and communication skills. Captioning lectures has also developed my eye for detail and observation skills.
Tanvi was appointed to one of a number of departmental paid internship posts (Accessibility Compliance Student Internship) to help us in making our learning resources fully accessible.
A member of the Edge Hill University Learning Technology Department stated:
Notwithstanding the collective legal obligations, Edge Hill University believes everyone deserves to have the same opportunity to learn. Making resources we create accessible, we ensure that all users, including people with disabilities, have an excellent user experience and are able to easily access learning and teaching material. By implementing accessibility best practices, academics are also improving the usability of course content for all users.
Our student interns have assisted our tutors in ensuring content is accessible for all learners and can be used with the most common assistive technologies, including screen magnifiers, screen readers and speech recognition tools. Their focus has been on ensuring that captions are accurate for all recorded material.
Tanvi was nominated for the award by Dr Joanne Egan.
Tanvi has been an exceptional intern. She has captioned over 100 lectures and has been very professional throughout. Her commitment to the task has ensured timely submission of edited captions enabling our students to access the learning materials in various formats. Without Tanvi, it would have been a struggle for many staff to caption all of the material so effectively and quickly. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with and completely deserves the prize!
Providing bespoke Internship opportunities for our students is just one of the ways that we help them to develop the necessary employability skills to move into highly-skilled graduate employment. Embedding employability into all programmes is a priority for the Department of Geography & Geology with opportunities for internships and work placements together with our work based learning module and annual Careers Week activities; there are many opportunities to network with top ranking employers who offer advice and guidance on career planning and the world of work.
If you would like to be part of a Geography and Geology department that strives to ensure students graduate with all the necessary employability skills, you can find information on our courses here: BSc Geology with Geography, BA (Hons) Geography, BSc (Hons) Geography, BSc (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards and BSc (Hons) Geography and Geology.