FTSE 100 companies give glowing commendations to DMU graduates

It’s not only the lecturers who have been impressed with the talented students at Leicester Business School – senior managers at FTSE 100 companies have been too.

Bosses from Walt Disney, British Telecom, Cadbury’s, Heathrow Airport, Hilton Hotels and Volkswagen were among those queuing up to give glowing commendations in this summer’s prize giving ceremony to reward the Class of 2016’s hardest-working students.


Students from Leicester Business School’s Department of Accounting and Finance, the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Department of Human Resource Management and Department of Strategic Management and Marketing collected awards in front of family and friends.

George Hedley, who collected a hat-trick of awards, is joining BT’s graduate programme as a marketing manager in September. “I’m over the moon. DMU’s given me so many different skills and my placement with Volkswagen gave me so much commercial experience.”

Rebecca Lys will be organising training and development for staff at Walt Disney after wowing bosses during her placement there.  Rebecca, who graduated in Human Resource Management, said: “They let you have a lot of responsibility which although it was hard work, showed they had confidence in your ability. I’ll be working to help support management training and I can’t wait to start.”


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Paisley Torevell, who collected two marketing awards, is now working with Cadbury’s after being headhunted following a placement, “I started three weeks ago, it’s fantastic.”

David Orton, Senior Associate Head of Strategic Management and Marketing, led the first of Friday’s two awards ceremonies, telling graduates: “This is a special celebration for the crème de la crème of this year’s graduates. It celebrates your achievements and dedication to your work and incredible intellect. We are very proud of you all.”

Paul Angus of accounting firm MGC Hayles was on hand to present the prize for the best financial accounting assignment.

This is the 12th year that the Leicester company has been sponsoring the prize. Students have to present the findings of a financial accounting report to the partners and staff of MGC Hayles Leicester.

This year the prize went to Liban Abdi, Zaiba Afzal, Omar Aswat and Rubina Pala. Their work was praised by principal lecturer Dr Peter Scott as “thoroughly professional.”

Mr Angus said: “Over the years we have recruited six staff from the DMU students who have given presentations to us. We are always pleased to be here to present the prize and reward the winners, it is a difficult job to choose the winning group.”

Omar was part of the winning team, who scored 96% in the assignment. He said: “We did work hard but we didn’t expect 96%, especially from Mr Scott who is a strict marker! It’s a team effort though, everyone worked so well together.”

Kajal Premchande, who won the award for most improved third year student, said: “I didn’t expect it at all, I only found out when I was sent an email inviting me to get this prize! I’ve put in lots of hours in the library and I have actually really enjoyed the course.”



The Hayles Prize for Best Final Year Financial Accounting Takeover Assignment: Liban Abdi, Zaiba Afzal, Omar Aswat and Rubina Pala

The Gemma Newman Award for most improved final year student: Kajal Premchande

Best Accounting and Finance Student: Yuanchan Yang

NatWest/Times Business Ethics prize for best business and management student: Nicola Saunders

Best Integrated Masters in Business and Management: Adam Gravely

Leicester Mercury award for best first year Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Student: Yahya Bariwala

Leicester Mercury award for best final year Business Management and Enterprise student: Ben Summerton

NatWest/Times Business Ethics prize for best business and economics student: Amarjit Bains

Sage prize for best business studies student: Liam Smith

Cengage prize for best performance on a strategy and management dissertation: Damien Dietrich

Sage prize for best part-time business studies student: Charlotte Mayes and Shane Blackwell

Advertising and Marketing Communications Student, sponsored by Bigdog PR: Paisley Torevell

Best Brand Portfolio: Paisley Torevell

Prize for the Highest-Achieving Student on the BusinessWorks module: Sitira Williams and Aiste Zdanciute (joint winners)

Best International Business and Globalisation Student: Charlton Brown

Best overall student in the Department of Politics and Public Policy: Charlton Brown

IBM Innovation Prize for Best Business and Marketing Student: Olivia Murrish

First Place work based learning certificate: Daniel Opoku who impressed Heathrow Airport bosses and Rebecca Lys, who wowed the Walt Disney Company

Baxi Prize for best HRM student: Georgina Warren

Best Digital Marketing and Social Media student: Ritchie Badland

Best Economics and Finance student: Christopher Izzard

Economics Decision Analysis poster competition – winner Samuel Abaka-Wood, runners-up Serena Hayre and Christopher Izzard

Bloomberg Prize for best assignment in investments and portfolio management: Christopher Izzard

Outstanding Performance in the Workplace: Christopher Izzard

Best Economics and Government student: Prabhdeep Gill

Best Government and Politics student: Ghulam Mohueddin

Best Student on BSc Housing Studies: Anna Maudsley

Buckles Solicitors LLP Prize for best Housing Law student: Sam Spencer

Best student on the foundation degree in Housing, Communities and Regeneration: Catherine Day

The Qdos prize for best HRM student: Hannah Barr

The CROWE prize for best HRM dissertation: Hannah Barr

Sage Prize for best International Business and Marketing: Sian Peat

Chartered Institute of Marketing prize for best marketing project: Sian Peat

Best International Relations student: Tamara Amarquaye

The Michael Cunningham Prize for best dissertation: Tamara Amarquaye and Stacie McCluskey (joint winners)

Best International Relations and Politics Student: Stacie McCluskey

Babyliss and Smith prize for best first year student in the Department of Politics and Public Policy: Connor Loftus

The Rock Kitchen Harris prize for best Marketing Management Student: George Hedley and Hannah Cunliffe (joint winners)

The IBM Innovation Prize for marketing planning and management: George Hedley

Institute of Direct Marketing Award for best students on the interactive marketing campaign module: George Hedley

GI Solutions Group prize for best Marketing and Media Student: Emma Neary

Best Politics Student: Jack Kerry


Posted on Tuesday 26th July 2016

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