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18 November 2004

A Canterbury Christ Church Masters student has won a prestigious national award in career guidance.

Ruth Gould, from Ashford, has won the John Tunnadine Research Award.  The award, from the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG), promotes research in career guidance and was presented at the ICG’s annual conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Ruth is currently studying in Canterbury Christ Church’s Department of Career and Personal Development.  This is the fourth occasion that a student from this department has won this award. 

The John Tunnadine Award was established by the ICG in 1997.  As well as clearly demonstrating significant original and/or critical thinking to inspire better practice, on of the award’s criteria is that the author has not previously had a research paper published in a professional or academic journal.  To win the award, Ruth submitted to the Institute of Career Guidance an essay entitled: ‘Developing Narratives to Overcome Loss.’

Ruth explains: “Starting a new career is like starting a new chapter in your life, and I have research the ways that people use different types of story telling to reflect the ending of one chapter or life change.”

Ruth has since completed her dissertation for the MA, developing her use of an autobiographical ‘in depth’ approach to research.  An edited version of Ruth’s essay will be published in Career Guidance Today, the journal of the ICG.




Canterbury Christ Church University College has established itself as Kent and Medway’s predominant centre of higher education for the public services – especially schools, health and social care. The University College is also a significant provider of programmes in a wide range of academic and professional areas.

From a small independent College of less than five hundred students – all training to be school teachers – in the 1960s, we have grown to over 14,000 students and 1,000 staff members with campuses in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells and Thanet, and, from September 2004, a new facility at Chatham Maritime, Medway, where Christ Church will join the Universities At Medway Project in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College.

As an outward looking University College and a Church of England foundation, our mission is to provide excellent academic and professional education underpinned by research, scholarship and creative work and by Christian principles and values.



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