Ede and Ravenscroft Prizes awarded to College of Human and Health Sciences Students

Eleven students from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences have been awarded generous prizes by Ede and Ravenscroft for their contribution to student life.

40 prizes of £250 were available to students across the university, funded by a unique donation from Ede and Ravenscroft to celebrate their 325th anniversary.

The prize was available to all current and enrolled students and has been awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to student life outside of normal academic studies.

This input could include, but was not limited to;

  • Development of initiatives
  • Improvements to the curriculum
  • Student representation
  • Students’ Union
  • Improving student satisfaction
  • Work within the Community
  • Sport at a national/international or elite level
  • Positive contribution to University life
  • Volunteering
  • Enhancing the profile of the University
  • Contribution to cultural activities at a national/international level such as the Arts/Music

Winning students were nominated by a member of University staff and a panel consisting of representation from the Senior Management Team, the Students’ Union and the University Council decided on the awardees.

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

  • Anna Torrens-Burton who is studying for a PhD in the Department of Psychology
  • Beth Owen who is a third year Social Policy student
  • Chris Kember who is a third year studying adult nursing at the St David’s Park Campus
  • Fatou Mendy Sambou who studied BSc Health and Social Care and graduated this summer with a first class honours degree 
  • Joshua Hale who is studying for an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology
  • Kirsty Jones who is a third year studying adult nursing at the St David’s Park Campus
  • Lauren Burns who studied BSc Psychology and graduated with a first class honours degree this summer
  • Marcus Phillips who is studying the MSc Social Work
  • Rachel Thompson who is a third year BSc Medical Sciences and Humanities Student
  • Samuel Horler who studied BSc Psychology and graduated this summer with an upper second class honours degree
  • Stephanie Richards who studied BSc Psychology and graduates with a first class honours degree in the Winter Graduation congregation.

Former Health and Social Care student, Fatou Mendy-Sambou, took part in several college initiatives, including working as a student ambassador. She said:

"I felt very lucky and privileged to have been nominated for the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize. I could not believe I was one of the winners of this wonderful prize. I am happy to have had the opportunity to contribute in student life outside academic studies because I just enjoyed encouraging students to participate.  

"I took my Husband and daughter for a meal and I saved the rest of the money to spend on books for my MA Social Work."

Anna Torrens-Burton is Ph.D Student within the Department of Psychology and also plays an active role within Discovery, the Swansea University student volunteering society. She said:

"I was pleasantly surprised to have been nominated for the award and to have won.

"I feel I have contributed (to student life) through all the volunteering I do with Discovery. I have been a project coordinator for one of their projects which has been very successful in recruiting volunteers to help make a difference to the lives of people in Swansea with dementia. This project has helped students to gain experience and develop their interpersonal skills alongside their academic work as well as as helping the local community. I am also a student trustee and within that role I actively support the direction of Discovery so that it provides the best experience for the student volunteers as well as the local communities we work with." 

Lauren Burns, a recent graduate from the College's BSc Psychology programme has put her prize money towards her Master's degree at Swansea University. She said:

"I was both thrilled and surprised when I heard I was nominated and won an award. It felt so amazing that the people I work with felt I deserved one and it was even more fantastic that the hard work I have done did not go unnoticed. 

"I always try try to put more effort in than is expected, but I am so thrilled that I have made a recognisable difference. Nonetheless, I do not do what I do for Swansea University to be recognised, I only wish to support what I believe is a fantastic institute of education, and promote Swansea because of those beliefs."

Joshua Hale, who is currently studying for a Masters said:

"I was really delighted to have been nominated, and very excited that I won. I spend a lot of time in Uni working with sports, societies and student volunteering. Through my roles on 10 committees I have helped others develop and grow as well as helping teams and groups grow and strengthen. By helping coordinate groups that I found supportive when I was a new student, I hope to provide and build on the support that was offered to me by other students. I am planning on spending my prize money on new sports equipment for the next academic year and extra training sessions. I took 2 silver medals this year one in lifesaving and one in pole and I aim to make that 2 gold next year! 

Psychology graduate Sam Horler said:

"I feel really honoured that I was firstly nominated and that I was then actually chosen to receive the prize.  I feel that I was just doing what I was meant to be doing by helping people and being out there, experiencing the world. Without trying to sound overly modest I feel like there's nothing spectacular about what I've done, but again, I'm very honoured that others seem to think that I did something noteworthy."