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End of term honours as University celebrates high-achieving students

Twenty-four Roehampton students who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of life for other people at the University or who live locally, have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

Posted: 28 May 2015

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Deputy Provost Professor Julie Hall is pictured with some of the University's Roehampton Award winners, and staff who organised the ceremony.

The second and third year undergraduate students, as well as several studying for postgraduate qualifications have received Roehampton Awards from the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul O’Prey and Deputy Provost Professor Julie Hall.

Professor O’Prey said: “This is a good opportunity to say thank you to everyone, and to recognise the people who have contributed to student life. I want to say a big personal thank you, especially to those who have helped make life so much better for others here at the University and those who have helped to make the student voice heard. We are very proud of you. I also want to say thank you to those who have supported the local community; people just would not get the level of help they would without you.”

Among the winners were a team of six third year Dance and Drama students who created, planned and ran this year’s successful week-long Footprint Dance Festival. The team were subsequently accepted into Wandsworth Council’s Fringe Festival and received an £800 grant to provide dance classes for young people living on the Alton Estate near the University. They are Emilie Barton, Hannah Brown, Liz Carter, Nia Cowley, Louise Everett and Sophie Stokes.

Watch the Footprint team introduce the Footprint Festival here:

Other winners included:

  • Early Childhood Studies and Education undergraduate, Lucia Gallo, who has used official channels to influence government policy, using her democratic right to request answers and explanations from politicians.
  • Nutrition and Health student Julija Plavska, who has volunteered every week at Croydon Hospital. She has assisted with weight management clinics and her final year project evaluated the hospital’s diet and weight loss programme.
  • Classical Civilisation student Madelaine Lukes, who during her time at Roehampton has been Culture and Diversity Officer for the students’ union, Social Secretary and President for the Rowing Club and President of Digby Stuart College, whilst maintaining a first class average in her studies. 

Read the citations for all 24 winners

Professor Hall told the winners: “You have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of others; the University is immeasurably better because of your efforts and this commitment and enthusiasm will stand you in good stead on your route to employment or further study.”

The Roehampton Awards are held annually by the University to celebrate volunteering, service and leadership work carried out by students.

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