careers2The outstanding contributions made by students, employers and alumni to support graduate careers have been celebrated at a University awards ceremony.

The Employability Awards Evening, organised by the University’s careers team recognises the progress and achievements students have made in developing their ability to stand out from the crowd in the competitive graduate jobs market.

The ceremony also acknowledges the vital support the University receives from employers in enhancing employment opportunities and skills.

Jacqui Howe, Head of Careers, said: “The Employability Awards Evening provides an opportunity to recognise the progress and achievements that students have made in developing their ability to stand out from the crowd. It is also a chance to say thank you to some of the employers, departments and organisations who work in partnership with us, helping our students develop their skills and increase their confidence.”

This year’s Graduate Employer Awards went to the Hut Group and Everton in the Community to recognise the immense contribution these employers make to the development of the skills and achievements of students. The Hut Group provided input to the design of the University’s web degree and assisted in keeping it aligned with industry needs. Everton in the Community has provided volunteering and year-long placements on a range of projects focussed around sport, health and well-being for two years. They have also delivered a variety of guest lectures, curriculum support and assistance for external funding applications.

To recognise the achievements of student teams who work for the University, an award was presented to the Admissions team, nominated by Lorraine Crompton and Luke Coombes, and consisting of 20 students across all years. They were nominated because of their enthusiastic approach to communicating with potential new students and how they successfully portrait their pride and affection for the University and the community that resides within it.

The Alumni Ambassador Award was given to James Pearson, solicitor at international law firm Trowers and Hamlins in recognition of the contribution he has made to the University, its students and alumni. He is president of the Edge Hill Law alumni association and has also given lectures, offered support and advice to current students as part of the Legal Profession Advisory Panel.

The Voluntary Organisation of the Year was presented to West Lancs CVS and its Connect4Life project which aims to reduce the number of repeat visits to GPs and A&E, encouraging users to support each other and prevent crisis and social exclusion. It was nominated by Charmaine Manjengwa, as second year Criminology and Sociology student.

Student Volunteer of the Year was won by Chloe Reanney, a second year childhood and youth studies student. She was awarded for her volunteering work with the Plus Dane Group, representing young people during the regeneration of her neighbourhood. Chloe said: “I’m delighted to have won this award as it was actually voluntary work which inspired me to apply for university in the first place. Working with Plus Dane Group was a great experience and I’m now about to start my next volunteering projects with Merseyside Youth Offending and the Walton Youth Project.

“My ultimate goal is to work for Youth Offending Teams to inspire the next generation of young people”

Second year Business and Management Student Greg Anderton won Student Entrepreneur award for his business Leafy Lytham, which he has been building for eight years.

The Student Employer award was presented to Mark and Karen Wadsworth from Maghull Maths Centre who were nominated by third year student Laura Riella to thank them for the opportunities they had provided in her degree and experience for her future career path.

The Employee of the Year Award was split into two categories; those who work on the University campus and students who work for an external organisation.

The External Employee Award was presented to Laura Riella who was awarded for her outstanding work at Maghull Maths Centre.

And the on campus student employee award was presented to third year Media, Film and Television student Alex Messenger from Carlisle, who was nominated by Neil Dixon from student services. Alex was nominated for continuously going above and beyond what is expected of him and his approach to engaging with students.

He said: “I couldn’t believe I had won the award, when you enjoy what you are doing it doesn’t seem like work but it’s lovely to be recognised and it has been a fantastic evening.”

If you are a local employer who would like more information about working with our Careers Team to help support the employment skills of the next generation of graduates, contact or call 01695 584866.