18 Jul 2016

University of York Students Lead From The Front

Three final year students have been awarded the Chancellor’s Leadership Prize after excelling on the York Award Leaders programme.

Sophie Hurst, Alex Byron and Beni Ngwamah were chosen after taking part in the three-day course held at the University of York.

york-award-leaders-500The innovative programme is designed to help students focus on the skills and experience they need for success after graduation. The course is designed by the Leadership Development team in the University’s HR department and featured graduate employers. This year’s course was run as a pilot, with the full programme starting in 2017/18.

A total of 30 students took part in this year’s pilot, which involved presenting team projects to a panel of employers, including representatives from Nestle, IT giant FDM, the Chamber of Commerce and a local technology and science company.

Following a rigorous selection process the final three were chosen to receive the Chancellor’s Prize.

The Chancellor’s Prizes have been donated by Sir Malcolm (University of York Chancellor) and Lady Grant with each of the three awardees receiving £1000.

Andrew Ferguson Assistant Director, Business, Community and Enterprise said: “I was delighted at both the number and sheer quality of the students applying to take part.

“All the participants demonstrated leadership qualities in their time at York across a wide range of activities and all of them engaged fully with the training and impressed the employers.”

“Although all the participants were obvious leaders, the positive qualities involved were particularly typified by Beni, Alex and Sophie.”