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07 March 2013
A student-led society in the School of Psychology has been voted ‘Best University Society’ at the National Placement and Internship Awards.
PsyCardiff, which works with the School to feedback workplace experiences to younger students, was presented with the award at a ceremony last week.
The society finished ahead of competition from Manchester Metropolitan, Imperial College London and Oxford University to win £1000.
The prize money will be used to facilitate increased early awareness of work experience opportunities and support student exploration of the diverse careers relevant to a psychology degree.
Further recognition of our students’ achievements was made as representatives from Cardiff’s Students’ Union travelled to the House of Commons in February to receive a bronze award from the Student Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI).
This accreditation encourages unions to seek the views of their members to improve the services and activities delivered to them.
Cardiff Students’ Union President Harry Newman collected the award at a ceremony in the House of Commons. He said: "The Students' Union Evaluation Initiative, while culminating in an award, is all about a change process. Our Students' Union is unrecognisable from where it was three years ago and the SUEI principles and process were catalysts for the improvement. I was proud to collect the award at the Palace of Westminster on behalf of the organisation but prouder still to represent the only Students' Union present who was accompanied by a Pro Vice-Chancellor."
Professor Patricia Price Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and Academic Standards who also attended the awards ceremony said: "I am particularly delighted for Cardiff’s Students’ Union in winning this award as there was a special commendation for the working relationship between the Student Union and senior staff at the University; it is wonderful to see our strong partnership recognised in this way. The award is the result of a substantial amount of work that the Union has undertaken in recent years - congratulations are in order!"
The Cardiff University Students’ Union will be going for gold accreditation in the new framework to be released in the coming few months.
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