It’s always exciting to see some of the amazing achievements of students. They put a lot of effort into their work and also into their extracurricular activities in order to better themselves and improve their chances of getting into their chosen profession once they leave university. It shows that you can achieve great things at university if you’re prepared to put the work in.
With that in mind, here are some of the most impressive achievements of London students so far in 2015…
City alumni win prestigious journalism award
MA Broadcast Journalism alumni from City University have won the Hugh Cudlipp Award, a prestigious journalism accolade, for their coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. Ryan Ramgobin and Adam Barr set up a YouTube channel in September 2014 called The Referendum Boys in order to hear the “voices on the ground” from voters in Glasgow.
The Hugh Cudlipp Award is an annual competition run by the Daily Mirror to find stories exploring issues of public interest and includes a £2,000 prize. The pair gained some high-profile attention, including Yahoo! Mail Online and they were even asked to report for the BBC.
University of Westminster students win London Student TV Award
Students from the University of Westminster’s Film and TV Production BA Honours course were the winners of the Royal Television Society London Student Television Awards 2014 in the Comedy and Entertainment category.
Presented at ITV studios on 3rd February 2015, the students won with their entry ‘Bun in the Oven’, which was produced by Genia Krassnig, directed by Christian Cerami and written by Matt Tume, and tells the story of a woman who is fired from her job during pregnancy.
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LSBU student wins major international essay prize
A third-year Mental Health student from London South Bank University has won the Andrew McKie Undergraduate Nursing Ethics Essay Prize. Brazilian Carlos Dos Santos’ essay, entitled ‘No ethics without meta-ethics’ looked at how important nursing is in healthcare.
The winner of the annual competition ran by the journal, Nursing Ethics, has their essay published in the periodical, as well as given a year’s free subscription to the journal and receives £100 to spend on other publications.
King’s College London students raise over £80,000 in one week
Students from KCL’s Islamic Society have raised an amazing £80,494.52 in just one week. The students raised the money as part of the Charity Week initiative, run in association with Islamic Relief. It challenges Islamic societies from universities all over the country to raise as much money as they can, with KCL coming second overall. Fundraising activities included sky diving, mountain climbing and the ‘Great KCL Bake Off’. The Charity Week initiative raised a grand total of £732,571.47.
London Metropolitan University student secures global journalism role
Elsa Buchanan, a journalism graduate from London Metropolitan University, has secured a job as a foreign correspondent for the International Business Times. Elsa is an inspirational student, setting up the DATUM foundation following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She secured the role after working as a freelance photographer across the world in places such as Brazil and Sri Lanka. Read an interview with Elsa in the university’s Stay Connected magazine.
UAL student shines at London Fashion Week
Juniper Lai, a BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Menswear student from University of the Arts London, won the FAD competition at London Fashion Week. The 14th annual Fashion Awareness Direct competition with her take on the ‘Physics Meets Fashion’ brief and used state-of-the-art 3D sintering technology to produce the designs.
Kingston University graduate wins top architecture prize
Recent Kingston University graduate Simon Dean won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Bronze Medal for the best degree-level design project.
The bronze medal is actually the top prize, awarded to those in Part 1 of their degree (first 3 years), with the silver medal awarded to those in the final couple of years of their degree. Simon beat competition from 317 schools of architecture from 61 countries for his design entitled Flow 1944, a bathhouse carved into solidified lava that erupted from Mount Vesuvius in 1944.
LSE student wins Woman of the Year award
Chrisann Jarrett, a law student from the London School of Economics, has won the Young Woman of the Year at the Women on the Move Awards, which is backed by the UN Refugee Agency. After finding that she wasn’t a British citizen and therefore struggled to get a student loan, she set up the Let Us Learn! campaign to help others in the same situation.
RADA graduate scoops major acting award
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a RADA graduate, has won the Breakthrough of the Year Award at the 8th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. Gugu was presented the award by British actor David Oyelowo and was also nominated for the Rising Star category at the 2015 BAFTAs. She is set to star in the biopic Concussion alongside Will Smith, Albert Brooks and Alec Baldwin.
A massive well done to all involved! We’ll run another article later in the year updating you with all the latest achievements from London students.