College Students win Ede and Ravenscroft Anniversary Prizes

Ten students from the College of Human and Health Sciences have been awarded with the Ede and Ravenscroft Anniversary prize in recognition of their significant contributions to student life.

The Prize is funded by a donation from Ede and Ravenscroft, with up to 40 prizes of £250 available to Swansea University students. Winning students were nominated by a member of University staff and a panel decided on the awardees.

Winning students from the College of Human and Health Sciences included:

  • Lowri David, Ellen Stables and Estelle Williams, who all study Adult Nursing at the University’s St David’s Park campus
  • Megan Dove who is in the third year of her Child Nursing degree
  • Joshua Hale, who has recently graduated with an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology
  • Owen Harry, who has just graduated with an BSc in Social Work
  • Zoe Hughes, who is studying Midwifery
  • Katy Mather Nicholson, who has just graduated with an MSc in Social Work
  • Ellie Quinlan who graduated with a BSc in Psychology in the summer of 2016
  • Rachel Thompson who graduated with a BSc in Medical Sciences and Humanities in the summer of 2016

Former Psychology student Ellie Quinlan took part in several college initiatives, including working as a student ambassador. She said:

“I was very happy to hear I'd won the award. I was involved with an initiative called Countdown to Swansea which was a Psychology Campaign aimed at helping freshers prepare for University and to help them feel welcomed into the Psychology Department.”

Joshua Hale worked as a student ambassador while studying his masters in Research Methods in Psychology. He said:

“I hope that I have helped to support student volunteering in Swansea and helped recruit and inspire more people to volunteer. The things I have done haven’t been for the recognition, but I couldn’t be happier to see that it has been appreciated and feel that I am helping to make a difference at Swansea University.”

Since starting her course, Adult Nursing student Estelle has encouraged her peers to put on their trainers and get running for charity. She said:

“I’m a quiet individual and I know I lack confidence in my academic abilities. My long standing passion is running and I find the freedom, fitness, energy and feel good factor, channelled into raising money for charities, is a massive confidence boost. This is a feeling I want others to experience, so when an opportunity to get a university team together to run the 5k rainbow run in Pendine became a success, I wanted to repeat this activity again and again. After running the Cardiff Half Marathon, many more individuals from university are interested getting involved in running.  I hope to enter as many running events as possible; of course this cannot be done without the amazing support from fellow students. They make it all happen.”

Ellen Stables organised and participated in a number of charitable events over the course of 2016. She said:

“I felt humbled that my tutor thought that I deserved recognition, as I saw it as an opportunity to raise money for a cause which is close to my heart while having some fun with old friends, new friends and colleagues along the way. We have grown as a cohort and regularly get together socially and support other students with their charity events. My fellow student award winner Estelle and I have decided to buy our student kitchen a new microwave, for everyone to benefit from, as we feel without their support none of this would have happened.”

Child Nursing student, Megan Dove said:

“Being nominated for this award allowed me to recognise and develop self-confidence and ability as a 3rd year child nurse. I feel humble that others had noticed me enough to consider nominating me for the award.  I am currently actively involved in a children's bereavement group. Overall I feel my enthusiasm for the course allows me to enjoy my normal academic studies but also carry that passion across into my general student life and involve others around me.”

Former Medical Sciences and Humanities student, Rachel Thompson, worked tirelessly as a student ambassador, winning the Head of Department Prize at her 2016 graduation for her academic and extra-curricular success. She said:

“I’m extremely grateful to have been nominated to receive this prize, it was a complete surprise!”

Rachel, who is now studying for her PhD within the College of Engineering, added: “I have decided to split the money between two charities (kiva.org and RepealtheEigth) and textbooks.”

Katy Mather Nicholson graduated with a Masters in Social Work in January 2017, winning the Best Dissertation Award. She was nominated for the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the support she showed staff and fellow students during her studies. Katy also helped with arrangements for a memorial service for a fellow student who died during the course of the degree. She said:

“I think that with any experience in life, you get out of something what you put into it.  It was important for me to get what I could out of my return to learning and being an active participant was part of that process. Making a small contribution to the memorial service for Chenge was the least I could do to honour the memory of such a kind, supportive and capable individual, she remains in my thoughts.”