Photo by Paul Heyes

The outstanding achievements of students and employers across the Edge Hill community have been celebrated in a virtual awards ceremony. 

Edge Hill’s annual Employability Awards recognised the inspiring individuals who have gone above and beyond to enhance students’ graduate employability over the past 12 months. 

Hosted by the Careers team, the awards celebrate 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 support that the University receives from employers in offering students employment opportunities and skills. 

Jacqui Howe, Head of Careers, said: “In what has been an unprecedented and challenging year for our community, the Careers team were blown away by the volume of inspiring stories of individual students and of those who have gone above and beyond to provide them with vital experiences to develop their employability skills that will help them to compete for graduate employment.” 

The awards recognised the achievements of Edge Hill’s students through working in paid work, especially essential worker roles, gaining experience through placements and volunteering. 

Katharine McKinnon, Employment Advisor, said: “Thank you to everyone who joined the event to demonstrate our collective gratitude and admiration to the members of our community who have helped to enhance graduate career opportunities for Edge Hill students. Despite not being able to be together in person for the occasion, it was fantastic to see so many guests cheering on our wonderful nominees and their achievements.” 

Edge Hill University Employability Awards 2021 winners: 

Voluntary Organisation of the Year – James’ Place, Liverpool

Student Volunteer of the Year – Emma Grady, Mental Health Nursing & Social Work 

Employer External Award – InTuition Languages 

Placement Provider Award – Ear to the Ground 

Department of the Year – Media Store 

Manager/Supervisor of the Year (External) – Gary Monks, Senior Manager at Ivanti and manager of the Aether Team 

Manager/Supervisor of the Year (Internal) – Andrew Unsworth, Media Store 

External Placement/Internship Student Award – Juan Miguel Guiterrez De Rojas Software Engineering 

Award for Student/s in an On-Campus Internship/Placement – Tanvi Chopra, Geology and Physical Geography; Kendall Morrell, MSc Psychology (Conversion); Jasmie Peel, Psychology 

Sandwich Placement Student Award – Irene Leung, Marketing with Digital Communications 

External Student Employee Award – Kelsey Jenkinson, Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing 

Individual Mentor of the Year Award – James Coyle, Teaching, Learning & Child Development 

Student Individual On-Campus Award – Kathryn Murphy, Student Box Office Assistant: PGCE Secondary English with QTS 

Team Mentoring Award – TLCD student academic mentors: James Coyle, Alexandra Rhodes, Sian Butler, Maggie Lam, Patricia Roche, Alice Roberts, Darren Lord 

Student Team Award – Library & Learning Services Student Advisors: Lauren Gallagher, English and Charlotte Crook, History with Politics

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 [email protected] or call 01695 657957.