Celebrating Talent – UWE Bristol’s award ceremony honours emerging graduate talent

Thursday 5 February 2015, 17:45 – 22:00, Marriott Hotel, Lower Castle Street, Bristol

At this prestigious annual event, UWE Bristol will honour the outstanding achievements of talented UWE students who have represented the University through hundreds of work-based learning opportunities including placements, internships and volunteering in local, national and international businesses.

The awards are hosted by the University’s award-winning Employability and Enterprise team and presented by Deputy Vice–Chancellor, Jane Harrington.

Students have been nominated in 11 award categories by their employer or a staff member. UWE Bristol honorary graduate, entrepreneur and businessman Dr Stephen Fear will give a guest lecture at the event on the value of work-based learning.

The ceremony will be compered by Western Daily Press Editor, Ian Mean, and winners and runners-up will receive cash prizes in front of an audience of industry partners, including Avon & Somerset Constabulary, FriendsLife and Rathbone Greenbank Investments, many of whom have sponsored an award.

Brunel Industries are the sponsors of the Green Intern of the Year Award. Alan Bailey, Director, said, “Supporting this award is very important to Brunel Industries as we need to support the next generation of environmental professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to help deliver a sustainable future. UWE is a very dynamic University that interfaces well with business and is at the forefront of delivering education that puts environmental sustainability at the heart of its curriculum. It is a pleasure to be able to support their initiatives.”

Nominated students were asked to complete a 500 word piece reflecting on their work-based learning experience. Judges reviewed the submissions looking at the students that have made a difference to people, their workplace or environments through dedication, innovation, understanding or skill.

All activities recognized at this event also contribute to the UWE Bristol Futures Award. This is an employability award open to all UWE full-time and sandwich undergraduate students. The award acknowledges the variety of activities open to students whilst at university, helps them to develop and understand the wide range of skills they can gain and to demonstrate to employers how they have built their ‘graduate identity’.

This year also sees the introduction of a new award – Employer Partner of the Year – which recognises the contribution of employer partners to students becoming ‘ready and able’ graduates.

Maggie Westgarth, Head of Employability and Enterprise, said, “The students we are rewarding today are well placed to reap the advantages of the most buoyant graduate recruitment market since 2001. The graduate market is buoyant in this region and nationally. UWE Bristol’s links with regional businesses mean that each year approximately 50% of UWE graduates stay in the area to work, making UWE Bristol the largest single provider of high skills workers to the region, with employers including Airbus, the BBC, Aardman, IBM, Hewlett Packard and many regionally based law, accountancy and media businesses. Increasingly graduates are also securing employment in Bristol’s thriving SME sector or choosing to set up their own businesses.”

UWE Bristol was placed 8th by The Telegraph in its list of top universities for getting a job. 95.5% of UWE Bristol graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating. Each October, UWE the South West’s largest Careers Fair ‘Meet the Employers’ with over 150 exhibitors from a vast cross-section of industries, attended by over 3,000 students. For further information see UWE Bristol employability in numbers.

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