Saturday, 18 July 2015

Team Spirit awards joy for Events duo

UCLan Event Management graduates Aimee Cairns and Harriet Speakman are celebrating after being confirmed as joint winners of the Team Spirit Prize 2015.

This annual award is given to a student who has excelled academically and also practically in their placement year or in the event industry. The Team Spirit Event Management Prize is one of a number of incentives on offer to our students, and the high level of this year's results has seen them give two awards.

Robin Lord, Team Spirit's Senior Operations Manager, presented the duo with their awards at a special ceremony during UCLan's Graduation celebrations. He said: "We are incredibly proud of our partnership with UCLan supporting the Event Management Degree programme.

"It's fantastic to be invited to the graduation ceremony to present the Team Spirit Event Management Award and great to see the enthusiasm and passion for the industry amongst the students.

"We are excited to welcome our next crop of placement students in the coming months, helping them develop skills to take into their future careers."

Aimee (above right) completed six internships during her placement year, ranging from venue dressing, partnership development, charity events and bar-mitzvahs. She has also worked at UCLan, getting involved in organising high-profile events such as the Lancashire Science Festival, and received a Student Employee of the Year Award in 2015 for her efforts.

Aimee commented: "I've always loved the uniqueness of events and had a love for business. Now I've graduated I plan to continue gaining further experience in the industry, by continuing working at UCLan in the Public Engagement Unit.

"What I love most is the satisfaction of seeing people enjoying and engaging in an event you've worked so hard to organise – It makes all the stress worth it. It's also safe to say there's never a dull day working in the events industry."

Harriet also worked on a variety of short-term projects during her time at UCLan, including at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and for Cheshire-based Qube Events.

She gained further experience in an administrative role for the University Befriending Serviceand as an Events Coordinator for UCLan's Give it a Go scheme.

In her final year Harriet was a Student Ambassador, giving talks to potential students about what it's like to study at UCLan. She also received a Student Employee of the Year Award for her work with the Students' Union. After completing her degree Harriet has joined St John's Ambulance as an Events Delivery Coordinator.

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