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An evening of celebration at the 2019 Employability Awards

Posted on 30 July 2019

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​Staff, students and business partners from Leeds Trinity University came together earlier this month (Friday 12 July) to celebrate the achievements of students on their professional work placements and in securing graduate roles at the Employability Awards. 

Now in its fourth year, more than 100 people attended the awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Leeds Trinity students and acknowledge the University’s business partners from across West Yorkshire for their continued support with student placements, mentor schemes and graduate roles.  

Prior to the ceremony, nominations were submitted for a wide range of student and employer awards with a record number of nominations received this year. 

With around 150 guests in attendance, including placement providers, graduate employers, academic staff, nominated students and their guests, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ray Lloyd opened the evening. 13 awards were then presented by David Dodd, Academic Group Leader in the School of Arts and Communication at Leeds Trinity. The winners were: 

Employer Awards 

  • Mentor of the Year (Primary): Louise Jefferson
  • Mentor of the Year (Secondary): Jonathan Allcock
  • Most Supportive Professional Placement Provider: Prison Advice & Care Trust
  • Most Rewarding Professional Placement Provider: Street League
  • Most Supportive Graduate Employer: Cygnet Health Care  
  • Outstanding Partner of the Year – Sponsored by Aspire-Igen: Core Training and Development

Student Awards 

  • Trainee Teacher of the Year Primary: Toby Aspindle 
  • Trainee Teacher of the Year Secondary: Florence Duff 
  • Best Placement Student Level 4 – Sponsored by Aire Logic: Fizza Masood
  • Best Placement Student Level 5 – Sponsored by Aramark: Olivia Sanghera 
  • Best 2019 Graduate – Sponsored by Sleigh Services Ltd: Kamran Uddin 
  • Outstanding Student of the Year – Sponsored by Core Training and Development: Liberty Skinner 

Staff Awards   

  • ​Most Committed to Employability: Sean Harrison  

95% of students at Leeds Trinity University are employed, or in further study, within six months of graduating, according to the latest release of a national employability survey (DLHE, 2017). Leeds Trinity was also recently ranked in the top 25 of all UK universities for student satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.  

Jess Sewter, Head of Partnerships, Placements and Employment at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Our Employability Awards highlights the fantastic professional placement and career opportunities available for Leeds Trinity students during their time at University and beyond. It has been wonderful to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students, as they embark on the next level of study or start graduate roles.

“The awards ceremony also acknowledges the partnerships we have formed with hundreds of businesses, to offer students degree-relevant industry experience, and ensure that they feel prepared and confident when starting out in their careers. We look forward to continuing to work with our business partners in the next year and supporting students at all levels with relevant work opportunities.”

Find out more about our work with businesses here​.

Leeds Trinity University would like to thank the following sponsors for their support with the Employability Awards: 

  • Aire Logic
  • Aramark
  • Aspire-Igen
  • Core Training and Development
  • Sleigh Services Ltd.