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Cardiff Award Student of the Year

6 June 2018

Lauren Thornell with her Student of the Year Cardiff Award trophy
Lauren Thornell with her Student of the Year award

The Cardiff Award Student of the Year 2018 has recently been awarded to Lauren Thornell, a student at the School of Music.

On Tuesday 8th May, students and staff from across the University gathered to celebrate the Cardiff Award’s most successful year yet.

Lauren, a second year student at the School of Music was awarded Student of the Year for her exceptional portfolio of extra-curricular activities. She completed over 700 hours of extra-curricular activities during her time on the programme, far exceeding the minimum of 70 hours required.

Having spent time volunteering with the South Wales Police, Lauren has identified her future career path and has recently secured a position as a special constable, starting her training this summer, while continuing to study for her degree.

Professor Ken Hamilton, Head of the School of Music, said: “Both staff and students at the School of Music have been delighted to hear of Lauren’s success—an enormously impressive achievement in a highly competitive area.”

The Cardiff Award is Cardiff University’s structured employability programme, providing students with the opportunity to gain recognition for the skills obtained through extra-curricular activities.

This year, 330 students completed Cardiff University’s employability programme, carrying out a record 73,771 hours of extra-curricular activities between them.

Completing the Award helps students to improve their professionalism and employability, helping them to stand out in the competitive graduate recruitment market.

Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor gave a key note speech at the award ceremony, congratulating the students and staff on a very successful year. Daniel Harborne, Cardiff Award Student of the Year 2017 gave a presentation of his professional development since completing the Award. Daniel is currently undertaking a placement in Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute as a research assistant and recently presented a paper at a conference in Orlando, Florida.

Hear from this year's Cardiff Award students.

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