Student advisor highly commended for going above and beyond

A University of Wolverhampton International Student Advisor has been highly commended at this year’s 2016 Internationalisation Awards which took place in Sheffield as part of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) annual conference.

Kate Williams, who works in the Compliance Unit, was shortlisted for the International Student Advisor of the Year category for going above and beyond in her support of the development of the visa advice provision at the University of Wolverhampton, and in providing advice and guidance to the University’s other support teams including the Office of the Dean of Students, Admissions and Faculty departments.

Kate has provided international visa advice since 2007 and has been instrumental in developing streamlined processes not only to ensure that the University complies with UK visa regulations but to offer students a seamless, targeted and consistent service.

Mike Strong, UKVI Compliance Manager at the University of Wolverhampton, said:  “We’re delighted that Kate has been recognised and highly commended for her hard work at this year’s Internationalisation Awards.

“Kate regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty.  She gets to know individual students and makes every effort to understand their circumstances so that she can give them the best advice and guidance.  She is consistently patient and approachable and is the backbone of the team!”

Kate said:  “I’m really pleased that colleagues took the time to nominate me for this award.  I have worked with a variety of students from countries all over the world whilst at the same time I have been able to shape a new team by offering them training and the benefit of the expertise I’ve gained during my time at the University.”

Last year, Kate assisted a Nepalese student when she applied to extend her visa.  Members of the student’s extended family were killed and some of her immediate family had been made homeless by the earthquake in Nepal. Kate raised money for Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the people affected by the disaster.  She raised over £4500 by organising various events and challenges as well as raising awareness of the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

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Date Issued: 25th July 2016

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