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Residence life assistant of the year

31 May 2019

Portrait of young woman

A PhD candidate from Cardiff Business School has been recognised for supporting students living in Cardiff University Residences at the inaugural Student Support and Wellbeing Awards.

Violina Sarma, who is completing her doctoral studies in the Logistics and Operations Management section of Cardiff Business School, picked up the Residence Life Assistant of the Year Award at the ceremony in the Julian Hodge Building on 11 April 2019.

The award, presented by Simon Wright, Academic Registrar at Cardiff University, celebrated Violina’s role in enhancing the student experience while helping build a community within residences where students can feel a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Personal goals and aspirations

Part of the University’s Residence Life Team, coordinators and student assistants work in partnership with Student Support and Wellbeing, Residences Management and the Students’ Union.

Violina said: “I feel honoured and grateful to receive this award…”

“The Residence Life Team has helped me to grow both in professional and personal aspects of my life. I feel proud to be part of such a wonderful team working to enhance student experiences.”

The Team encourages students to share their experiences and to access quality support services to help make the most of student life and achieve personal goals and aspirations.

Certificate and trophy on table

Among other things, this involves:

  • providing a warm welcome and encouraging a smooth transition to university.
  • building a community focused culture.
  • bringing students together through events.

Professor Luigi De Luca, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies at Cardiff Business School, said: “This award is well-deserved and recognition of Violina’s commitments outside of her PhD study…”

“I hope it will encourage our community of students, post-graduate researchers and fellow academics to keep supporting each other professionally and personally every day.”

Professor Luigi De Luca Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies, Professor of Marketing and Innovation

Professor Amanda Coffey, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards at Cardiff University, was also in attendance.

She brought proceeding to a close by highlighting the vital contribution of all award winners in enhancing the student experience at Cardiff University.

Find out more about the Residence Life Team.

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