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Tell us your story 2012/13

Many students are now recognising the value of returning to university to study for a postgraduate course. With a highly competitive job market, it’s more important than ever that graduates have the skills and qualifications that employers need.

Birmingham City University puts a special emphasis on ensuring students are prepared for the world of work, thanks to practice-based learning and connections with leading employers.

Students who study for a postgraduate course with us can look forward to enhanced career prospects and the opportunity to learn from the best academics in their field.

This year’s Tell Us Your Story awards introduced two student categories: Undergraduate Student of the Year and Postgraduate Student of the Year to recognise the breadth of talent at the University.

Winner

Jordan Atchison - Management Masters Programme

Jordan’s work sums up the ethos of the University. As well as achieving academically, Jordan has given a great deal of his own time to help develop his course, his fellow students and himself.

Jordan has earned a Distinction in his degree and has done a considerable amount of work to help develop the Business School’s Postgraduate Society.

Jordan was also instrumental in helping his team into the finals of ‘The Pitch’, a national competition run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Thanks to his efforts, the University won the regional heat of the competition, beating teams from a number of local universities.

Runner Up

Bettina Traurig - Management Masters Programme

Business student Bettina Traurig took her dream of starting her own business and made it a reality thanks to her postgraduate degree in Management. Bettina travelled all the way from her home in Austria to study at the University, paying the majority of her tuition fees with income from her job.

Bettina has put the knowledge from her degree to good use, setting up her own business, Sugar Stories, a popular company which delivers handmade cupcakes to businesses across Birmingham.

Fellow student Diana Hinova, who nominated Bettina for the award, said: “For me, Bettina is not only a close friend but also a role model. I am glad that I was able to spend my time at University with such an inspiring person.”

Finalists

Charles Ikem - MA Design Management

Postgraduate design student Charles has done a great deal of work with the University’s Student Academic Partners group to help improve working relationships between staff and students.

Charles has also got involved with University life in other ways, volunteering as a faculty representative and working as a resarcher for Library and Learning Resources. In his spare time, Charles has contributed to a number of community fundraising activities, taking part in a two-day marathon and kayaking event for local charity Free@last.

Nominator Okapala Chibuzo said: “Charles proves that culture and language is no barrier to success when you have knowledge and self-discipline.”

Indumathy Devendran - MA Media Suite

For Indumathy, coming to the University was more than just an opportunity to study for her postgraduate degree. Indumathy has upgraded her future by working with local businesses and the University’s International Office, securing a paid work placement at an Indian university in the process.

Indumathy also developed a marketing and social media campaign based on her experience of being a student at the University. She has gone to use the campaign as the basis of her own business which she has launched in her homeland of India.

Lecturer Annette Naudin, who nominated her for the award, said: “Indumathy is a highly enterprising student. The quality of her work developed from a pass grade to distinction thanks to her determination to succeed. Her projects were always linked to a live client and she has established excellent professional links.”

Jordan Pearman - Arts-Based Masters Programme

Jordan uses the academic skills gained from his postgraduate degree to help contribute to his community, working with local schools. He has also been commended for his cross-disciplinary work.

Jordan is also actively involved with the postgraduate community and has won plaudits for his efforts to encourage greater cross-disciplinary learning and teaching.

Nominator Professor Andrew Kulman csaid: “The most impressive thing about Jordan is that he has overcome quite considerable learning difficulties. He has used his passion for art and design to overcome these problems and to excel. His progress this year has been extraordinary and I think he makes a very worthwhile finalist.”