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Students and staff recognised for their work to inspire young people

The Widening Participation Outreach awards have celebrated the achievements of staff and students

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

The inaugural Widening Participation Outreach awards have recognised students and staff across the University who have delivered activities to promote a fairer society. City’s Widening Participation Outreach team, along with a force of 180 Student Ambassadors, work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to raise aspirations and help them make well-informed decisions about their future. Their objective is to inspire young people, help them to develop the skills they need to succeed and make them aware of the opportunities available to them, and were recently praised by the Office of Fair Access for their widening participation and retention initiatives.

City’s Widening Participation Outreach team organise a range of events and initiatives for young people to help them make well informed decisions about their future.Through initiatives like tutoring, mentoring and taster weeks, the team work with around 7,000 pupils aged between 9 and 18 every year, targeting more than 200 local schools and colleges. The awards, held at City during June, rewarded the students and staff who contribute to this area of work.

Psychology student, Mark Mordak was crowned Student Ambassador of the Year.

“The Widening Participation scheme is one of the most worthwhile things I have had the pleasure to get involved in during my time at university,” Mark said. “I think it’s great that Widening Participation is not about marketing university as the only way forward. The focus is on providing a useful learning experience, supporting personal development and teaching skills for life.”

Danielle Russo, Widening Participation Outreach Manager at City said: “I was thrilled that so many colleagues came along to celebrate success and achievement in Widening Participation. Our Student Ambassadors, Tutors and members of staff across the university are instrumental to this work and our award ceremony gave us the opportunity to recognise and thank those that have supported us.”

This would not be possible without the commitment of our Student Ambassadors who are a source of information and inspiration for the young people they meet.

The winners

Tutor of the Year
Nicola Augosti (LLB, Law)
Nicola won the Tutor of the Year award in recognition of her commitment and enthusiasm shown in her role as a tutor. Nicola’s dedication has been demonstrated through her preparation for each session, arriving early to talk through plans with the teacher.

Tutor of the Year (City of London Academy Islington)
Jance Manivasagan (LLB, Law)
Jance won this award in recognition of her work as a tutor at the City of London Academy Islington. Her versatile and hard-working nature have allowed her to thrive in this role and help raise educational standards in the school.

UniMentor of the Year
Natalia Lopez (BSc, Economics)
Natalia won the award for going above and beyond expectations as a mentor on the UniMentor scheme. Natalia showed commitment to her responsibilities, preparing in advance of each session and providing a character reference for her mentee at the end of the scheme.

Most Improved WP Student Ambassador
Maryam Farooqi (LLB, Law)
Maryam became an Ambassador during her first year at University and over the last year has shown a significant increase in her attendance at events. She has received great feedback from the young people she has worked with, allowing them to recognise their potential and encouraging them to look forward to university.

Student Ambassador of the Year
Mark Mordak (BSc, Psychology)
Mark has been recognised for his hard work and committed attitude in his role as a Student Ambassador. His nomination acknowledged his helpful nature and willingness to go above and beyond what is required of him.

Outstanding Engagement with Young People
Rosie Wainwright (LLB, Law)
Rosie received this award in recognition of her commitment to work as an Ambassador alongside her studies for the last two years. Rosie has inspired many of the young people she has worked with to study at City and has had made a positive impact on the lives of a number of care leavers and prospective students.

Outstanding Staff Contribution to Widening Participation
Tom Felle (Acting Director, Interactive and Newspaper Journalism)
Tom received this award for delivering taster workshops in journalism to students visiting City. Constructing an engaging and interactive timetable for school pupils, Tom has received great feedback from teachers and students.

External Service Provider of the Year
Sophie Freiermuth (Baguette UX Ltd)
Sophie received this award for her work to support Widening Participation Outreach events over the last three years. This includes a popular app game Sophie created to help students understand the IT industry. Her nomination acknowledges her enthusiasm, commitment and understanding of the support needed by young people so that they can pursue their ambitions.

During the ceremony, plaques were also presented to 25 primary and secondary schools that participate in activities with City.

Definition
Widening participation

An effort to increase not only the numbers of young people entering higher education, particularly the proportion from under-represented groups (those from lower income families, people with disabilities and some ethnic minorities).

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