Celebrating your success

At Birmingham we do not simply seek to recognise outstanding achievement in the form of monetary awards; we aim to give you the opportunity to celebrate your success and share your achievements with your peers.

Joint Awards Ceremony 2012

A photograph of an award winner at the Joint Awards Ceremony

On 15th June 2012 the Student Funding Office, Careers and Employability Centre and the Guild of Students held a joint awards ceremony to celebrate students who had been awarded funding for their activities outside of their degree studies and who had taken on challenging tasks, projects and employment opportunities.

A range of awards were recognised including the Student Funding Office’s Student Development Scholarships, which provide financial support to enable students to undertake travel projects in the summer period that further academic and personal development.
This was the second year that the Guild of Students was involved in this ceremony, acknowledging outstanding achievements in volunteering and employment. The Volunteering England Gold Awards and Student Employee of the Year Awards are both nationally established and recognise the dedication and commitment with which the recipients have pursued and realised their employment goals and volunteering passions.

A group photograph of award winners at the Joint Awards Ceremony

It was also the third year the Careers and Work Experience and Internship Bursaries had been involved, this year offering an expansive suite of bursaries that provide students with internship, work experience or research opportunities. 

For the first time this year we also celebrated with the recipients of the Personal Skills Award (PSA), the University’s award-winning employability programme. The PSA enables students to develop, recognise and articulate the skills and attributes that they have developed at Birmingham, in preparation for the graduate recruitment and 

A photograph of guest speaker Andrew Garner at the Joint Awards Ceremony

The ceremony was held in the University's Great Hall, with 125 students in attendance on the day and refreshments held after the ceremony to allow students to network with fellow staff and guests. A number of guest speakers were invited including Andrew Garner, distinguished alumni of the University who gave an inspirational speech to students based on his own experiences and career history.development processes.

Claire Ashton, Associate Director for Attraction at Teach First was also a guest speaker providing information on what Teach First can offer after graduation. During the main ceremony, certificates were presented by Provost and Vice Principal Professor Michael Sheppard with Dr Chris Twine, Director of Student Services as compere for the event.  

Celebrating Success Awards Ceremony 2012

Jeff Bale presenting an award recipient with his framed certificate.The Celebrating Success awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 7 March 2012 in the Murhead Tower. The ceremony was held to commemorate those students who had been awarded a number of prestigious and competitive scholarships and bursaries administered by the University and external donors.

Students in receipt of the scholarships and bursaries in question had shown outstanding levels of academic quality and performance.                                          

Jeff Bale presenting an award recipient with her framed certificate.

Students were invited to a certificate presentation attended by Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Education Jeff Bale and Professor Donna Lee, the University Senior Tutor.

A guest speaker from BP was also present to talk about the work the company has put into sponsoring a number of awards at the University this year.

The ceremony gave the students an opportunity to then meet with fellow awardees and academic staff over food and refreshments in the Muirhead Tower foyer. 


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A full catalogue of photos from our award ceremonies can be found on the Student Funding Office Flickr account.