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Leicester graduates shortlisted for prestigious national awards

Leicester graduates shortlisted for prestigious national awards

Three graduates cited in British Graduate 100 awards

Issued on 13 September 2010

Three recent University of Leicester graduates have been shortlisted for the prestigious British Graduate 100 awards, which will be made on 15th September at a gala dinner ceremony.

The graduates were all nominated by their academic departments, and the University is delighted to have achieved the distinction of three finalists in these national awards.

Amy Furniss studied Computer Science. Dr Roy Crole, who nominated her, commented: “Amy graduated with a first class degree in Computer Science and was highest in her cohort. She undertook a research based project in the summer of 2009 with me, and I obtained a Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary to support the work.

“Amy went on to complete an excellent final year dissertation, and a paper was accepted for URC10, the undergraduate research conference, held at King's College, London this year. She is to start a PhD at Leicester in October.”

Amy added: “I'm honoured to be shortlisted for the awards. I've had a great three years as an undergraduate here at Leicester and I'm indebted to the Department for their support.”

Belal Kulasy, Department of Economics, was nominated by Professor Gianni De Fraja, who said: “Belal has really excelled in his three years of being an Economics Student by getting involved in many non-academic activities as well as performing very well academically.

“His most major and national achievement to date has been his Co-Presidency of SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Leicester Society where he took his team and society of just 18 months old from a newcomer to now a Top 8 SIFE team within the UK out of 45, many of which are at least 5 years old.

“Through SIFE he has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills as well as his passion for corporate social responsibility by implementing many community projects, generating economic opportunities for others resulting in impacting over 190 lives in the past year.

“As well as this, he has also been an officer on the Union Council for two years and represents the University as a Senior Student Ambassador.”

Belal commented: "I am absolutely delighted that I have made it to the finals let alone being nominated in the first place! It's nice to know that all my handwork has paid off at University and been recognised on a national level. I would like to thank the Economics department for putting my name forward, in particular Gianni De Fraja. It will be a great opportunity for me to network with some top employers."

Professor Jeremy Levesley, Head of the Department of Mathematics, commented: “I proposed Katherine Henson. Katherine was a very highly motivated student, who gained the prize for the best student in applied mathematics and computation. She is very easy to get on with, and was a pleasure to teach. I am not surprised that she has done well in this competition.”

Katherine said: “I was delighted to be nominated for the Graduate 100 by the Mathematics department, and to make it into the top 10 for Accounting and Finance is an honour. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Leicester and appreciate the excellent teaching and support shown to me by my lecturers.”

Paul Jackson, Director of the Student Support and Development Service at Leicester said: “I am delighted at Amy, Belal, and Katherine’s success in reaching the finals; they represent a spirit of enterprise and endeavour that is found in University of Leicester students more broadly. As Amy, Belal and Katherine’s achievements demonstrate, whatever the venture, our students more than ‘make a mark’ – outstanding – good luck to all three. “

Aimee Harrisonwild, Employer Liaison Manager (Student Development) at Leicester said: “We are delighted that three of our most motivated, high-flying students have reached the finals of this prestigious award. At the University of Leicester, we encourage students to excel not only in their academic studies but also in developing their employability skills.

“Employers target University of Leicester students as they are known for their diverse work experience and extracurricular activities, ensuring well-rounded and innovative employees. We wish the three finalists the best of luck in this last stage of the competition.”

More than 400 guests are expected to attend the Graduate 100 dinner in London, including many leading graduate employers, industry figures and national media.

James Caan from BBC Dragons Den will be the keynote speaker and will meet many of the finalists and representatives from their universities.

Among the companies present will be Google, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Time Warner, Virgin Media, WPP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, Saatchi & Saatchi, Freshfields, Arcadia Group, Allen & Overy, AstraZeneca, Aviva, BAE Systems, Boston Consulting Group, Bloomberg, Coca Cola, Credit Suisse, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, IBM, Intel and Lloyds Banking Group.

Notes to Editors: Further details on the British Graduate 100 Awards are available on the following website: http://www.graduate100.com/

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