A picture of two of the awards that were sent to winners.
Two of the awards that were sent to winners.

The outstanding contributions that employers, students and alumni make in supporting graduate careers have been recognised in the first virtual awards hosted by Edge Hill University’s Careers Team.

In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic with the Government urging people to stay at home, the Careers Team felt its community needed some positive news and decided to move the awards ceremony online, with winners announced on the Edge Hill Careers twitter account.

Jacqui Howe, Head of Careers, said: “Our annual Employability Awards always gives us an opportunity to say thank you to the employers, alumni and staff who work in partnership with the University’s Careers Team to provide the vital experiences our students need to develop their employability skills and help them compete for graduate employment. In these unprecedented times, we felt it was the right time to still celebrate their contributions, but respecting the Government’s advice we used the virtual environment to spread good cheer.

“Our winners will still receive their trophies and certificates in the post and hopefully will have felt our admiration and gratitude for them online with the audience cheering on.”

Each year, the awards recognise the progress and achievements students have made in developing their ability to stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate jobs market. They also acknowledge the much-needed support the University receives from employers in offering students employment opportunities and skills.

A picture of the 14 staff members who make up the Edge Hill Careers Team.
The Edge Hill Careers Team at the 2018 awards ceremony.

And the winners were:

  • Alumni Award winner, George Gray, R&D Scientist for Perfectus Biomed, for his work with Edge Hill’s Biology department to enhance the knowledge of industry, boosting employability by helping students build links with employers in the commercial sector.
  • Alumni Award winner, Kurt Gagen, Senior Planner for the City of London, for his work with the Edge Hill Geography department to support the development of relationships with graduate employers including Transport for London, which has allowed students to build networks and gain insight into careers in geographic information systems and planning.
  • Employability Award winner, Edge Hill’s own student services Money Advice Team, for providing invaluable training and learning opportunities. Students said that working for the team has developed their adaptability, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Employer Award winner, AO.com, for their continued engagement with the University across a wide range of departments. From attending careers fairs to participating in mock interviews and assessment centres, AO have had a big impact on boosting students skills.
  • Employer Award winner, Company Chameleon, for their brilliant work with the Performing Arts department to provide multiple performance opportunities, networking, and outreach teaching opportunities in education settings, empowering students and raising aspirations.
  • Employer Award winner, Leigh Film Society, for their work with students to provide invaluable work experience, networking opportunities, and shadowing freelance creative artists in their filmmaking process.
  • Mentoring Award winner, Faculty of Education Student Academic Mentors, for their vital work in helping students to settle into University life, sharing their experiences and providing a friendly face to first year students.
  • Newcomer of The Year winner, Tony Kemp, for his work as a Student Guide, spreading his positive story and sharing it with potential applicants.
  • On-Campus Student Employee of The Year winner, Thomas Stoltz, for his advocacy work with the Admissions team, playing a key role in mentoring new advocates and leading by example.
  • Placement Provider winner, Mik Lees from Warrington Council Ranger Service, for providing invaluable placement opportunities for the last decade to students on Ecology and Conservation courses, as well as bespoke learning visits on-site each year.
  • Student Placement Award winner, Bethany Saunders, for always getting stuck in and giving it her all, her reliability and work ethic.
  • Student Employer of The Year winner, Trafford Council, for their flexibility, encouragement and support throughout courses.
  • Student Employee of The Year winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, for working with young people with severe additional needs, throwing herself into the role and demonstrating adaptability.
  • Supervisor of The Year winner, Digital Marketing Officer Alex Duffy, for offering extensive support, advice and training to support students skills, confidence and technical proficiency.
  • Supervisor of The Year, Lab Manager Matt Smith, for providing high quality training, help and guidance, as well as flexibility around study.
  • Student Volunteer of The Year winner, Sophie Quinn, for her amazing work as a domestic incident telephonist, supporting and empowering families affected by domestic disruption.
  • Voluntary Organisation of The Year winner, Northwest Ecological Trust, for their flexibility, encouragement and allowing students to put their theory into practice.

Year on year the calibre of nominations is phenomenal and as well as all the fantastic winners there were also a plethora of runners up and highly commended students all of whom have done amazing things to advance their skills and gain experience. 

If you are a local employer who would like more information about working with the University’s Careers Team to help support the employment skills of the next generation of graduates, contact careers@edgehill.ac.uk or call 01695 657957.