Marjon have recently held their annual Inspiring Student Awards ceremony. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the students who have made a positive difference within the university and local community.
Ben Hughes, BEd (Hons) Outdoor Adventure won the Best Business Start-up of the Year for his business Ru-slack. Ru-slack promotes recreational sport for young people. It hopes to be able to positively influence the lives of those from more deprived areas for whom recreational sport is not always available due to demographics or cost. Ben has been supporting his vision entirely using funds from his part time work.
Howard Coakley, university tutor said:
“Ben has a deeply held passion for his community-based business idea. His business model itself provides a focus and inspiration for young people in Plymouth who are in danger of becoming disengaged with their community and may possibly already act outside the law. “
Faye Hatherley-Edwin, Employability Co-ordinator said:
“This is the third year of the Inspiring Student Awards, and it’s a credit to all students who are nominated for these awards. It was wonderful to have so many students up for nomination, and although there was only one winner for each category, each nominee should be very proud to get this far.”
The categories and winners for 2013 included:
Volunteer of the Year, Abigail Turner
Outstanding Contribution Award, Kanggatheren Manogaran
Leadership Award, Isabelle Cramp
Sports Volunteer of the Year, David Morris
Best Business Start-up of the Year, Ben Hughes
Penny Oldfield Student Ambassador Award, Puvana Gnanasagaran
Student Union Volunteer of the Year, Melinda Malins
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