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University of Ulster transport students have been urged to strive for excellence, with the launch of a new award supported by Translink.

The Translink Award for Best Final Year Student was announced today at the university’s annual student transport awards.

It will recognise the student from Ulster’s BSc Hons Transportation course with the highest overall mark.

Dr Jonathan Seymour, Course Director, BSc (Hons) Transportation & MSci Transport Planning, School of the Built Environment, said: “This award underlines the high regard with which Ulster graduates are held within industry and is designed to inspire excellence.

“It further cements the relationship between the University of Ulster and Translink and highlights the importance of our links with the transport sector for student employability.

“A transport degree opens up a wealth of graduate opportunities from logistics management to passenger transport management and transport infrastructure planning.

“This award also recognises the many benefits for industry of having close associations with academics and students.”

Catherine Mason, outgoing Group Chief Executive of Translink and Visiting Professor of Transport at Ulster, said: “The University of Ulster puts employability at the heart of the student experience, producing work-ready graduates equipped with the key skills needed by industry.“During my tenure as Visiting Professor I have been proud to contribute to the existing transport programmes at Ulster and look forward to the development of new courses currently being designed to meet the unprecedented demand for student places.”