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Hallam students celebrated at the Inspirational Student Awards

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Issued:13/04/18

Students from across Sheffield Business School have had their achievements celebrated at the annual Inspirational Student Awards.

Thirteen students were commended including a second-year who set up a society to support students with their mental health and a student who beat the odds to gain funding for her cake making business.

Among the winners was Jessica Mell, a second year nutrition and public health student, who won the Social Responsibility Award for her outstanding voluntary work. Jess established a student societyaffiliated with the charity 'Student Minds', helping students with mental health issues by raising awareness, providing support and reducing stigma.

Jess' voluntary work also extends to course representative and student ambassador, volunteering at a dementia friendly café, alongside a wellbeing cafe promoting sustainability and wellness, and Food Cycle, a project to help people in the local community at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

Jess said: "Taking part in volunteering opportunities has been an incredibly important part of my university life. Volunteering has enabled me to develop personal and professional skills, but it has also provided so many opportunities to make friends, do something I am passionate about and try to immerse myself within the Sheffield community whilst studying here.

"I plan on continuing this throughout my whole life because I believe it has helped me with my own mental health, and because there is so much that volunteers can offer to different organisations and communities. I am so grateful to the university and Students' Union for encouraging and enabling me to take part in these activities and I am incredibly thankful to those that nominated me for this fantastic award."

Christina Shires took home the Enterprising Award, receiving the accolade as the first hospitality level 5 student to successfully apply for and receive a fully-funded place on the PYES scheme (Placement Year Enterprise Scholarship); an extremely competitive process. Christina showed great determination in being successful in gaining funding and as a result has begun her own cake decorating business.

Christina said: "I've always loved baking and I have always wanted to start my own business. So to get the recognition of doing it was a nice surprise. 

"I was never going to do a traditional placement; I couldn't find anything I really wanted to do, so the PYES scheme run through the university was ideal! By being able to access the funding, helped with costs I wouldn't have been able to cover fully myself. Without the advisors and other students on the scheme, I wouldn't have been able to get the position I am in today."

Inspirational Student Award Winners
Amy Mettam
Jack Rowbotham
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Jessica Mell

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Amy Mettam was nominated by her placement employer British Steel. They described her as working at a level far above that expected of a placement student, after she developed and implemented a hugely successful social media campaign for the company.

She received the Outstanding Contribution Whilst on Placement award.

Jack Rowbotham, a final year business studies student, took home the Student Society President of the Year Award.

Jack received the accolade for his commitment to maintaining a vibrant business society and fostering a community in which he inspires his peers to achieve more. Jack's professionalism allowed him to develop relationships between the University and new business clients, enabling the society to put on events involving PWC, Enterprise rent-a-car and HSBC. Through numerous events and presentations Jack seeks to create opportunities for his peers to develop personally and in their careers, in the University and beyond.

Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Dean of the Sheffield Business School said: "The annual awards ceremony is a true highlight of the exceptional work that our students are achieving.

"They each show determination, integrity and passion to balance the pressure of their studies with their inspiring voluntary efforts.

"I congratulate each of the winners for their achievements and wish them all the best for the future."

Other winners on the night include Luke Dixon (International Integration), Tom Stevens (SBS Student Voice), James Taylor (Initiative to enhance the SBS Student Experience), Piibe Bianka Sau (SBS Course Community Development), Lauren Frid (SBS Impact on an Organisation), Ailis Reilly (SBS Placement Rep of the Year), Areg Mohammed (inspiring individual), Holly Dixon (SBS Alumni Special Recognition)and Jamie Flynn (SBS Student Society of the Year: Languages).

For press information: Deanna Coult in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email d.coult@shu.ac.uk