Record of distinction

A successful year in the life of the University can be defined by many individual stories of outstanding achievement. For each success recognised here, there are also many other, and unsung, successes.

Distinguished reputation

The talent of Jeremy Bridgman, a marketing student from the University, was recognised with a top international award.

Jeremy was presented with the Worldwide Top Student and Hays Marketing Recruitment Award by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). The highly-coveted award is presented to the person who gains the highest mark for the exam paper on Managing Corporate Reputation Globally. Jeremy’s success is a further demonstration of the leading position held by the University for its CIM course delivery.

A successful blend

The University’s innovative approach to Blended Learning has attracted a great deal of recognition over the years.

The latest accolade went to Dr Paul Brett, who last year received a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy for his successful assimilation of e-learning into the curriculum. As Head of the University’s Blended Learning Unit at the Institute for Learning Enhancement, Paul is responsible for developing ways to integrate face-to-face learning with online tasks in order to inspire and engage students. His work has had a major influence on the wider e-learning community.

Determined to excel

Fiona Hopkins, who graduated in 2010 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in German and Information Systems, was named Xcel IT and Computer Science Student of the Year. Fiona was selected for the national award on the basis of her academic merit and hard work, as well as her determination to succeed.

A picture of success

Nigal Goodship, who began a photography degree after his working career was ended by two industrial accidents, received a West Midlands Regional Adult Learners’ Week award. Nigal’s story epitomises the University’s commitment to extending educational opportunities to non-traditional learners. The 41-year-old is studying at the University’s School of Art & Design having completed a University Access Course in Photography.

Animated performance

The Nature Journal Scientific Merit award was presented to Samantha Moore, a Senior Lecturer from the School of Art & Design. Samantha’s animated documentary, An Eyeful of Sound, gained the award for the best short film of the festival at the third Imagine Science Festival, New York. Her film, which is an artful blend of science, documentary and animation, explores the condition of Synaesthesia. Samantha’s success will be promoted through the journal Nature.

Fair-minded campaign

The efforts of the University to support Fairtrade were recognised with a top award. The University, which gained official Fairtrade status in 2008, was Highly Commended in the Outstanding Achievement category of the Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 Awards. The judges were particularly impressed with the variety and quality of activities delivered by the University during Fairtrade Fortnight and the promotional materials produced to support the campaign.

Service with a smile

The University Catering department celebrated after receiving official acknowledgement for its high standards of service. The team received Hospitality Assured Accreditation, the formal benchmark for Service and Business Excellence. There are 10 steps to gaining accreditation including customer research, business planning, resources, training, and delivery and standards of performance.

Developing minds

During 2010 the University’s Little Scholars nursery, based on City Campus, received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. The glowing report praised the extremely strong leadership at the nursery which, together with the dedicated and enthusiastic staff, delivers highly stimulating and child-centred provision.

Willing volunteers

The hard work of students who volunteer and gain employment alongside their studies was celebrated at the University’s 2010 Employment and Volunteering Awards.

A number of awards were presented at the ceremony, including the Volunteer of the Year Award, won by Stephen Ross. Stephen has been volunteering with Victim Support since 2008, providing advice and guidance to people in need. During 2009/2010, 294 student volunteers gave an estimated 17,530 hours.

Fellow thinker

Dr Meena Dhanda, Reader in Philosophy and Cultural Politics, secured a £44,942 Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust to carry out research into caste prejudice. Meena is working on a pioneering project entitled ‘Caste Aside: Dalit Punjabi Identity and Experience’. Of the 90 Research Fellowships awarded by The Leverhulme Trust across all subjects, Dr Dhanda is one of only four philosophers to have achieved this distinction in 2010.

Snapping up the plaudits

Marinos Thoma, a third year photography student, was named winner of the 2010 Coventry Open award. The competition and exhibition was open to artists in the West Midlands and Warwickshire working in any medium. Marinos distinguished himself amid a strong field of competition from established and emerging artists across the region.

Nursing ambition

Arthur Louis proved it’s never too late to start a new career. At the age of 63, Arthur, a former managing director, successfully completed his Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) Nursing and began his first nursing post in a busy Accident and Emergency unit at a West Midlands hospital.

Rewarding talent

The outstanding academic work of two gifted students from the University was acknowledged by Trustees of the Paycare Charity Trust.

The Wolverhampton-based Trust annually awards prizes to the highest achieving first- and second-year Biomedical Science undergraduates from the University’s School of Applied Sciences.

Last year, during a special ceremony Katy Stanger and Govinder Shergill each received £400 from Paycare Charity Trust chair, David Clegg.