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A postgraduate student from Sheffield Hallam University, who studied while working full time and caring for her profoundly disabled husband, has been recognised out of 4,000 others to win a national award.

Janet Golding won the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) National Student of the Year prize for achievements in her studies.

She achieved a first class mark and a distinction in her housing policy and practice postgraduate diploma, which she studied part-time at Sheffield Hallam.

The housing policy and commissioning manager, who works within strategic housing at Stockport Council, is responsible for the development and delivery of specialist and supported housing initiatives in the borough including developing housing for older people and people with disabilities.

Janet, who is also the primary carer for her disabled, oxygen-dependent husband, was awarded the prize at the CIH Presidential Dinner at London’s Natural History Museum, on Wednesday 8 February. She received a medal and cheque for £200.


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The CIH National Student of the Year is chosen from students nominated by the 24 Centres of Excellence in Housing in the UK, of which Sheffield Hallam is one.  

Each year the CIH recognises students who have demonstrated significant achievements both in their studies and professionally.

Janet, who is from New Mills, Derbyshire, said: "I am so pleased to have won this award. It can sometimes be hard juggling the various aspects of my life, so winning this prize is a real achievement for me."

Robin Lawler, CIH president, said: "Janet has demonstrated outstanding achievement. She has studied for the masters in addition to her full time roles professionally and as a carer. She is an example to us all."

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