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National accolade for Student Ambassador


Chris Woods 2An architecture student has recently won a national award in recognition of his efforts as a Student Ambassador.

Chris Woods (21) of Strathern Road, Dundee, has won the Student Employee of the Year Leadership Award for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and now goes forward to the national finals at Carnegie College near Edinburgh on Wednesday 7 July.

The Student Employee of the Year Awards aim to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work with their study commitments. It is co-ordinated on an annual basis by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES).

Chris has worked as a Student Ambassador for the University's Student Services department for the past year. The third year student has been involved in a number of events and initiatives across the University, including: representing the University at events, careers fairs and in the Infozone; welcoming new students to the University and providing a source of information and guidance based on his personal experiences. Chris also took part in a telephone survey to find out the employment status of recent graduates of the University.

"I am over the moon about even getting a nomination, let alone actually winning." declared Chris. "I've just tried to do everything I could in order to represent the University at its best, and help new students to embrace all the opportunities and challenges that are on offer here."

Chris went on to thank Rachel Grant and the rest of the Infozone team, and Dean of Students, Christine Buchanan for all their help and support.

He added, "I would definitely recommend signing up to the Student Ambassador programme again, as it is a great experience to be involved in. Often I would find myself benefitting as much as people I was trying to help. It is a great opportunity for building confidence and knowledge and making friends. Indeed, all of the skills I have developed will be incredibly useful in my future career in architecture."

Dean of Students, Christine Buchanan, said, "Chris has a natural rapport with everybody he comes into contact with. Students have commented on his enthusiasm, helpfulness and approachability. He has made a great contribution to the Student Services Department."


ENDS                                   

Pauline Smith
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
Communications Office
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR

Tel: 01224 262389
E mail: p.smith1@rgu.ac.uk