Andrew Shaw with his degree scrollA sports student who won a prestigious scholarship for his dedication and compassion has put his success down to the “incredibly amazing” people he met at Edge Hill.

Andrew Shaw, from Lamplugh, has just completed a three-year BSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  The former Cockermouth High School student received the £2,000 award at his graduation ceremony in recognition of his coaching, fundraising and support for the well-being of his fellow students.

The Edge Hill University Scholarship celebrates students who help to raise the profile of Edge Hill in a positive way through their exceptional contribution to the University.

Andrew was nominated for the award for his work as a voluntary Active Wellbeing Buddy, which involves supporting, motivating and being a friendly face for student participants in an exercise and sport programme designed to improve mental health.

Andrew said: “It sounds like such a cliché but the people I’ve met have genuinely been the best part of my uni experience. I don’t think I’d have made it very far if I didn’t meet some of the most incredibly amazing people from day one.”

He also coaches the Women’s Hockey Team, and has been both Secretary and President of the Men’s Hockey Team. In addition he has raised funds for charities by organising hockey matches and a 12 hour bike ride.

“Andrew strives to go above and beyond and if he commits to something he will ensure it is completed to the best of his ability” said Sports Development Officer Rosa Hussey, who nominated Andrew for the award.

She added: “Andrew demonstrates compassion though the excellent communication and support he offers students on the wellbeing scheme. He is able to adapt himself to best support different types of people who may need support, reassurance and motivation while taking part in the scheme.”

Receiving the scholarship during his ceremony came as a surprise for Andrew.

“In all honesty, I had no idea what was happening when they were saying my name in the ceremony.

“But I have to say it’s just such a grateful feeling knowing that through everything I’ve done someone was watching and noticed. Doing all the work I have was always going to be personally rewarding; knowing that I’ve helped people is the whole reason I wanted to become a psychologist but this is just a great big cherry on top of the cake. So yeah, I’m just glad that I can show all the people who put their faith and effort into making me the person I am today what I’ve achieved because of them!”

To find out more about studying Sport and Exercise Psychology, visit the course page.