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University of Ulster student,Linda Hilditch, received the Marketing Institute of Ireland Award, presented by Tom Trainor and Course Director Mary Boyd.

Marketing students who achieved academic success while studying at the University of Ulster have been recognised at an awards ceremony this week.

The Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy’s Marketing Excellence Awards, sponsored by local companies, celebrates the hard work and dedication of marketeers from Ulster’s class of 2011/2012.

At the annual Awards ceremony in the Jordanstown campus, Associate Head of Department, Dr Danielle McCartan-Quinn congratulated students on their success.

She said: “The annual Marketing Excellence Awards ceremony affords the Ulster Business School a rare opportunity to bring together our generous sponsors from industry, students, their families and colleagues who have encouraged and challenged these students to produce their best work throughout their course.

“The event is a great networking opportunity and a really joyous occasion - providing a lasting testimony to the students of their outstanding academic achievement while at the Ulster Business School.“

Linda Hilditch from Ballymoney (pictured), who was awarded Best Overall Final Year Student, is currently on a graduate training scheme at PwC.

She said: “During the marketing course we studied and completed projects that were relevant to the working world. I feel this degree has set me up well for my future career.

“The lecturers were engaging, creative and supportive throughout my time at university. The modules were interesting and varied which allowed us to shape our own experience through the modules we chose.

“In September I started on a graduate scheme in consulting at PwC. I hope to keep my career linked to marketing as it was something I really enjoyed studying.”

The nine winning students were:

Marketing Institute of Ireland Award for Excellence

BSc (Hons) Marketing

Best Overall Final Year Student, Linda Hilditch

Chartered Institute of Marketing Award for Excellence

BSc (Hons) Marketing

Best Student Performance in Global Marketing, Linda Hilditch and Laura Blair

Property News Award for Excellence

BSc (Hons) Marketing

Best Overall Digital Marketing Student, Thomas McCready, Christopher McConville, Stewart McCormack, Mark Adamson and Connor McCloy

Hastings Hotels Award for Excellence

BSc (Hons) Marketing

Best Overall Second Year Student, Jenny Robinson

Stakeholder Group Award for Excellence

BSc (Hons) Marketing

Best Overall First Year Student, Christopher Shannon

Envision Management Consultants Award for Excellence

MSc Marketing

Best Dissertation, Rodney Saunderson

Wrightbus Award for Excellence

MSc Marketing

Best Overall Final Year Student, Rodney Saunderson

Moy Park Award for Excellence

PgD/MSc Agri-food Business Development

Best Overall Performance, Jason Mervyn Hempton

Rutledge Recruitment and Training Award for Excellence

BSc (Hons) Business Studies Part Time

Best Final Year Student, Roisin O’Neill