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Four hopefuls in running for national awards

11 December 2019

Logo for employability awards

Four undergraduates from Cardiff Business School have been shortlisted for National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards.

The School’s highest number of shortlisted students to date means they account for four of the 15 hopefuls nominated for placement awards at the national event.

Their achievements continue the School’s strong track record at the NUE awards which saw Callum Mcintosh and Lily-Rose shortlisted in 2019, and Elizabeth Pescud and Ryan Hale take home the Best Placement student and Best Intern awards in 2018.

Two students holding awards
Ryan Hale and Elizabeth Pescud at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018.

This year, William Partridge, a final year BSc Business Management student, will go up against 5 others for the Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium-sized Employer Award. The shortlisting is recognition of the impact William made on his Professional Placement Year at Prysm.

The award reflects Cardiff Business School’s culture of supporting small business and entrepreneurs which saw them collect the prestigious Small Business Charter award in 2017.

Up for the Best Placement Student award is fellow final year BScEcon Economics student, Katharine Kirkup. She completed her Professional Placement Year in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Best Placement Student award celebrates the genuine, measurable impact a student has made to their host business whilst on placement.

Daniel Hengstenberg, a third-year BSc Business Management student, is in the running for the Best Intern award following his Integrated Work Placement at Mercateo.

Another of the five undergraduates in the running for the Best Intern award, is fellow Cardiff Business School student Sioned Murphy. In the third year of her BSc Business Management degree, Sioned completed an integrated work placement at DS Smith in Caerphilly.

The Best Intern category celebrates the student who exceeded expectations and genuinely made a significant impact to their team, department or the business as a whole.

Real and lasting impact

Alex Hicks, Placement Manager at Cardiff Business School, said: “Four of the 15 students nominated for placement awards this year are from Cardiff Business School. That tells you a lot about the hard work and dedication of our students...”

“Their contributions make a real and lasting impact on the organisations that host them, and that’s something we pride ourselves on as a School. So, it’s rewarding to once again get recognition from NUE for our hard work as a team of students and staff.”

Alex Hicks Placement Manager

“We narrowly missed out last year, after taking home two prizes in 2018. Here’s hoping that 2020 is our year!”

2020 marks 11 years of the awards, which are split into Employer, University and Student shortlists, and benchmark ‘success across all organisations, universities and students in the undergraduate employability market’.

The ceremony will take place in London on Friday 28 February 2020.

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