CLASS OF 2019: Awards for top Business and Law graduates

High-flying Business and Law students had a double celebration at their graduations as the faculty awarded its outstanding graduates.


Special prizegiving ceremonies were held at Leicester Castle Business School for those students who had achieved the best grades, written outstanding dissertations or excelled on internships while studying at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

All had been nominated for awards by their lecturers, who wrote mini citations outlining why they had won.

Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Beverly Vickerstaff, said: “The awards presented are a recognition of our students’ ability and effort and demonstrate their outstanding achievements and success.

“We are proud of all our students in the faculty but today we’d like to say a particular well done and congratulations’ to all our award winners, and all good wishes for the future.”

Many award-winners have already begun work in their chosen field – including Alex Marlow, who will be based at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium after gaining an MSc Business Management in Sport.

Alex graduated from DMU originally 2016 and spent 18 months working in digital and print industry before deciding to pursue his passion to work in the sports industry. He will be part of Man City’s corporate communications team, showcasing the work it does in the community.

During his studies he worked at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Leicester Riders and British Swimming to gain insight into different sports businesses.

“It is going to be amazing,” he said. “It’s such an opportunity. A degree isn’t really enough these days and I wanted to stand out so when I did my Master’s I wanted to make sure I got as much experience of different sports as possible. I was able to talk about the work I had done during my Master’s at the interview.”

Sadie Burch, winner of Best Academic Performance for the Placement Year, was recruited by the company she worked for on placement. She is now a Bid and Content Manager. She said: “I’m very happy to graduate and have a job as well.”

Rachael Scott is aiming for a career in intellectual property law and will be applying for a training contract after a year out. She said: “I’ve really enjoyed it here all the lecturers have been so supportive and always happy to help. I came here on an open day and liked the atmosphere I found our I’d won a prize a few days after results I was surprised."
DMU’s Department of People, Politics and Place delivers an advanced qualification for local council officers in Community Governance. Helen Bojaniwska, town clerk in Stroud, said: “It has been amazing experience. It has been quite intense but it has made such a difference to my work.”

Politics student Lydia Turner was a student champion, course rep and school rep during her studies. She worked with the graduations team and helped make the case for extra funding for graduate support fund and capped the costs of graduations for students for three years. She is now going to Sheffield to study a Master’s in Journalism.

Simran Chhabra and Yash Dang are both from Daly College in Indore, India. They spent two years in India and joined DMU for their final year. Simran said: “I have enjoyed my BA very much. The lectures at DMU have been much more interactive than in India and everyone has been very supportive.”

Professor Kevin Bampton, Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School, said: “These awards are our way of saying congratulations, not just for our students who have done an amazing job but also for parents and partners, who have supported them throughout their studies and are really the unsung heroes of higher education.”

Best Academic Performance, Placement Year – Sadie Burch

Natwest/Times Business Ethics Prize, and Cengage Learning Prize for best strategy and management dissertation – Zara Morgan

Highest-Achieving Student on MSc International Business Suite (UK) – Hadiza Abba

Sky Sports Prize for Best Sports Law and Practice Dissertation – Chris Mills

Highest-Achieving Student on MSc Business Economics Suite (UK) – Binh An Nguyen

Highest-Achieving Student on Lawyering Module – Danyal Ahmed

Highest-Achieving Student on MSc Intercultural Communications – Sabongkock Udomchaipattanakit

Highest-Achieving Student on MBA Global – Maximillian Chikwanha

LCBS Postgraduate Professional Skills Awards – Caroline Amadi, Yan Zhou, Anjana Paul, Panchanid Phruetkittiwong, Jane Hearst, Ashwini Dsouza

Highest-Achieving Student on MSc Business Management in Creative Industries – Panchanid Phruetkittiwong

Highest-Achieving Student MSc Business Management in Sport – Alex Marlow

Leicestershire Law Society Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Second Year – Hamzah Safwan

Examiners’ Prize for Highest Achieving Overall Final Year – Rachael Scott

Thomson Reuters Law Prize for Land Law – Callum Johnson

DMU Law School Prize for Best Law Performance by Joint Honours Student – Georgia De Allie

Oxford University Press Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and the Oxford University Press Prize for best overall final year performance – Zara Taylor

LexisNexis Butterworths Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Law and Medicine – Ikhira Thandi

CFA Society UK Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Global Finance – Awais Adris

Highest-Achieving Student in Joint Hones Accounting and Business – Aaroon Younis

Best Poster Design for Advanced Corporate Taxation – Simran Chahal

Best BA Hons Accounting and Finance student – Shannon Wilmott

SFB Group for exceptional performance, financial reporting – Sadiyah Hassan and Yusuf Sader

Bigdog Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Advertising and Marketing; Best Brand Portfolio – Rebecca Wilsher

Institute of Direct Marketing Award for Highest-Achieving Student in interactive marketing campaign module – Elen Abraham

Highest-Achieving Student Community Governance – Isabelle Mouland

Best HRM Dissertation – Lorna Sissens

Quest Prize for Highest-Achieving Student on HRM – Megan Newman

Outstanding Performance in the Workplace – Abdifatah Ismail

Highest-Achieving Student in Politics – Lydia Turner

Oxford University Press prize for best first year politics student – Carolina Seri

Baxi Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Business Management and HRM – Aya Abdelmeguid

Highest-Achieving Student in Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Mohammad Awan

Leicester Mercury Prize for Highest-Achieving first year in Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Callum Egan

Leicester Mercury Prize for Best Enterprise Dissertation – Elijah Seville Williams

Go Inspire Prize for Highest-Achieving Marketing student – Lauren Roberts

Natwest/Times Business Ethics Prize, Highest Achieving Business Management and Economics student – Hamza Zaheer

Highest Achieving Graduating Students, Daly College – Simran Chhabra and Yash Dang

Highest-Achieving Student in Business and Globalisation – Chloe Baxter

Highest-Achieving Student in International Relations – Maison Wilsher

Highest-Achieving Student in Economics and Politics and winner of the Michael Cunningham Prize for Best International Relations Dissertation – Tumisha Balogun

Highest-Achieving Student in International Relations and Politics, and winner of the Michael Cunningham Prize for Best International Relations Dissertation – Andrew Baker

Bloomberg prize for the best performance on Investments and Portfolio Management Module, Yulduz Mazhitova

Highest-Achieving Student in Economics – Mohammedraza Rajabali

Sage Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Accounting and Economics – Ahmed Rakha

Highest-Achieving Student in International Business – Ajdin Foric

IBM Innovation Prize for Marketing, Planning and Management and IBM Innovation Prize for Highest-Achieving Student in Business and Marketing – Alicia Ford

Best Marketing Dissertation – Zijun Lin

Best Academic Performance for the Placement Year – Helena Davis

Posted on Monday 22nd July 2019

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