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Bright Futures PASS Leaders
Youth and Community PASS Leaders award winners: Lauren Bentley, Gareth Kenworthy, Vicky McMahon

Bright Futures PASS Leaders Youth and Community PASS Leaders award winners: Lauren Bentley, Gareth Kenworthy, Vicky McMahon

Students who have excelled in areas of mentorship, career progression and entrepreneurship were rewarded at the University of Cumbria’s Bright Futures Awards Ceremony.

In addition to their day-to-day undergraduate studies, many students choose to take on various extra-curricular activities.

These awards recognised their dedication and willingness to help other students and their desire to gain additional skills to prepare them for world of work.

Head of library and student services at the university, Margaret Weaver, said: “I can see how much the students have enjoyed this event; not only have they been able to reflect on what they’ve done themselves for their own employability, but they’ve had other people recognising that.

“The students I’ve met have talked about how valuable the various schemes have been and how it’s helped develop them as students and as individuals as well.”

Awards were presented to students who had participated in one of four categories: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), where new students can ask questions and receive guidance from higher year students (PASS Leaders) about their course; the Cumbria Mentor Scheme, which matches a higher year student with a new student to support them during their transition into university life; Career Ahead, an employability award gained through evidencing extra-curricular activity, developing employability skills and preparing for the working world; and Student Enterprise which supports students to develop entrepreneurial skills and startup businesses.

The awards were presented by Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Sandra Jowett, who congratulated the students and praised their commitment and enthusiasm. She said: “I’m really proud that you continue to study at our institution, and the way you have set such a great example for the students who will follow in your footsteps.”

Youth and Community student Gareth Kenworthy received two awards; one for working as a PASS Leader and one for being a Cumbria Mentor.

He said: “It’s great to be noticed for the work that you’ve done.”

 

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