Convocation Student of the Year award criteria.
Nominations can be made by staff, students or other interested parties, must be seconded by an academic member of staff and must come from a third party i.e. students cannot nominate themselves.
To be eligible for the award the student must demonstrate achievement in at least one of the following areas.
1. Voluntary/Community Work
Example 1: The student undertook work with a voluntary/community organisation which made a substantial difference to the lives of the client group/community.
Example 2: The student contributed to improving study/living conditions for international students within the University. This could take the form of initiatives to improve cultural awareness, organising social events, setting up clubs/societies/community events.
2. Overcoming a Disability/Personal Adversity
Example: The student overcame a disability or personal adversity which allowed them to become a role model for other students or they made a contribution to improving the opportunites for students with a disability to achieve their personal objectives. The latter could be by lobbying, representation, advocact or way paving.
3. Personal Endeavour
Example: The student won a major academic prize
In order to choose the winner the selection panel will give consideration to the following:
- The impact of the contribution made
- The significance of the achievement
- The level of disability/adversity overcome, and resulting impact on others.
The panel may ask for short listed students to attend an interview or give a presentation where there is insufficient information in the initial nomination form to make a final decision.