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Placement Year Celebration 2015 - Competition Results

Placement Year Celebration 2015 - Competition Results

The winners of the University of Leeds Placement Year Image Competition, Placement Student of the Year Award and Outstanding Contribution to the Placement Process were announced at the Placement Year Celebration Event on Tuesday 13th October.  The entries were judged by Greg Miller (Head of Student Placements, University of Leeds), Piers Cottee-Jones (Activities Officer, Leeds University Union), Gerry Jones (Sky Betting and Gaming) and Charlotte Winderam (Deloitte)

Placement Year Image Competition

Entrants for this category were invited to share their placement experience by submitting a photograph, graphic or piece of artwork which they feel captures the essence of ‘My Placement Year’. Entries were also accompanied by a caption or short explanation of the entry.

1st Prize - £100

Subenaz Ali - BA Fashion Design (Parka, London)
Apart from the image being of a high quality the judges genuinely shared the sense of pride this student must have felt in seeing something they had designed in reality. They also remarked that they would happily test the prototypes.

Placement Year 1st 2015

'A proud moment when my design Felix graduated from sketch into reality’.

2nd prize - £50

Ben Sambrook – BSc Biochemistry (Bloodhound Education, Bristol)
The judges felt that this was a compelling image which captured the achievement clearly. It shows the enthusiasm and fun of learning particularly in an area of challenge in terms of encouraging young women to take up STEM subjects.

Placement 2nd 2015

‘From balloon cars to rocket cars – STEM education.  I have been part of the Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car land speed record team using our 1000mph rocket car as a ‘vehicle’ to inspire young people across the country in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Bringing science to life in the classroom’.

3rd prize - £25

Francesca Kerr – BA International Business (L’OrĂ©al, London)
The judges said this collection of images showed the culmination of a range of activities and achievements over the course of the placement.

Placement 3rd 2015

‘This image comprises essie's first exhibition at the Professional Beauty trade show. Everything in the photo, including the stand, graphics, stock, tills, uniforms and happy volunteers were organised by a team of three of us from scratch. The flawless execution and net sales over £30,000 meant this project was a true success and the most rewarding experience of my placement year.’ 

Fancy seeing all of the competition entries? They are available here

Placement Student of the Year Award 

This Award recognises the significant contributions students have made to their host organisation. We were looking for placement supervisors to nominate students who they felt had been exceptional on placement (they’d gone beyond the call of duty or made a significant impact to the success of the business). We were overwhelmed by the feedback supervisors gave to highlight what you have achieved.

1st Prize - £100

Sarah Booth – BSc Pharmacology (Oxford Immunotec, Oxford)

The judges felt the winner achieved a great deal during their placement year, not just quantifiable achievements such as saving the business £50,000 through improving the efficiency of stock management but there was also clear evidence of her proactivity and desire to go above and beyond. They carried out tests which provide diagnoses on which patients medical treatments were based as well as being an active member of the team and were clearly well respected by their colleagues.

2nd prize - £50 

Catherine Lunn – BSc Medical Sciences (Pfizer Ltd, Surrey)

The panel was especially impressed with the way this student took on so many different roles and delivered so comprehensively from start to finish. The setting up of the advisory panel, chaired by the President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was a particular highlight.

3rd prize - £25 

Amy Sculley – BA Textile Design (Oxfam, Leeds)

The highlight the judges focussed on was this student’s drive and determination to go above and beyond the role. Not only did this student mentor other volunteers but they developed a product from recycled yarn, which would wholesale for 10 pence, and turned it into a product which would retail for £24.99 – the product has since been pitched to M&S.

Outstanding Contribution to the Placement Process (Staff Award)

This Award recognises the support University of Leeds staff provide to students throughout the placement process. The judges chose this member of staff for their tireless work to support students throughout the placement process.

The winner was… Dr Al Pickles (Faculty of Biological Sciences)

One of the students who nominated Al said ‘he has been an excellent placement tutor by guiding and supporting students through the entire process. I had a difficult time securing a placement as my first offer was not feasible which didn't leave me much time in the year to find another.  I was given such great, honest and positive advice and nothing was ever too much trouble when it came to helping me to decide what to do. He gave me the confidence and reassurance that I could do it and in the end, I couldn't have asked for a better placement which I have a lot to thank him for’.

Placement Year Celebration Event

The Placement Year Celebration Event took place on Tuesday 13th October in the Great Hall. The event organised by the Careers Centre and hosted by Prof Vivien Jones celebrates the achievements of the university’s placement students and welcomes them back to the university. Why not check out the event photos?