Business School student wins Chancellor's award

Economics student Jonathan Colmer has won one of five £1,000 career development awards granted by the University’s Chancellor, Dr Floella Benjamin, OBE, DL. Jonathan will use the award to go to Uganda to work in the Mubende region with aid organisation ‘New Build Uganda’. This builds on Jonathan’s voluntary work with the Exeter Global Centre and furthers his goal to work in international development.

Speaking about the annual awards, which are now in their third year and look to develop employability and give financial support for innovative career ideas, Dr Benjamin said: “These awards enable students to turn good ideas into a plan of action. When judging we are looking for students who are driven, focused and willing to go the extra mile to ensure career success.”

Competition was intense for the five £1,000 awards, with 70 applications received. All applicants had to write and submit a costed proposal explaining what it was they needed and how it would help their future employability. These proposals were judged by staff at the Careers and Employment Service and by Floella. The Floella Benjamin Career Development awards were devised by the University of Exeter’s Careers and Employment Service as part of a range of opportunities available to students to develop their personal skills and employability.

Further information about the awards can be found at:

Date: 5 February 2009

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