Press Release

16 September 2011

Rising star Stephan Eyeson has been recognised as one of Britain's best black students during a prestigious awards ceremony at The Palace of Westminster last week.

Stephan being presented with his award by Rising Star Judges, (from left) Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Jean Tomlin, HR Director for London 2012, Stephan Eyeson and Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
Stephan being presented with his award by Rising Star Judges, (from left) Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Jean Tomlin, HR Director for London 2012, Stephan Eyeson and Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Stephan, who is about to start his third year studying Theology and Health at Christ Church, was recognised for his incredible achievements and talent by being nominated as a Rare Rising Star in the 2011 competition.

Rare Rising Stars, run by diversity recruitment experts, Rare, is a showcase of the achievements of the UK's best black students as chosen by Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and Jean Tomlin, HR Director for London 2012.

The awards ceremony was the culmination of a year-long search that considered thousands of black students and whittled them down to produce the final list of ten Stars.

Stephan and the other shortlisted candidates were judged across five different categories: determination, depth of achievement, contribution to community or society, breadth of talent, and initiative and leadership.

Stephan received praise for his enterprise skills.  After missing out on three full time basketball scholarships at American universities due to administrative delays, Stephan was inspired to set up Get Pro Basketball which enables players to promote themselves to coaches and agents across the world via a dedicated online website.  Today, one in three players using Get Pro gets signed up to American colleges, academies and agents.

As a result of the success of Get Pro, Stephan has even worked with sporting giant Adidas.  His service has been featured in Slam, the world’s biggest basketball website after NBA, and the business intends to make a permanent move to America in the coming months.

Talking about his nomination and attending the awards, Stephan said: “I’m delighted to have been given such fantastic recognition for the work I’ve been doing amongst several other outstanding black students in the country. 

“It was an honour to attend such a prestigious award ceremony at The Palace of Westminster and I’m extremely proud to have been able to represent Canterbury Christ Church University at the same time.    

“It’s also extremely satisfying to know that my current Get Pro business stands up against other professional enterprises and I hope to achieve similar success with my new online project.”

Following the success of Get pro, Stephan, 22, from Luton, has been inspired to pursue more entrepreneurial projects and earlier this year he began developing another online site: beforeuni.com.  The site aims to help students to apply for work experience opportunities and apprenticeships online before going to university and will launch fully in 2012.

This month Stephan has also launched www.ThinkinAfrica.com, a student-led initiative aimed at empowering students to create innovative ideas for the betterment of the African continent and to encourage investment.

Speaking about this year’s Rare Rising Stars, Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP said: “At a time when media focus has been on the behaviour of a very small minority of young people, the stories of these Stars should serve as inspiration for us all, and an encouragement that – contrary to some opinions – this is not a lost generation.

“I am very proud of the achievements of these Stars as they keep hope alive. From social enterprise to comedy, from student politics to performing arts, community organising to academia, 2011’s Rare Rising Stars are blazing a trail of excellence.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college

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