Outreach ambassador wins first-ever national Student of the Year award

24 March 2015

A student from Canterbury Christ Church University has become the first-ever winner of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Student of the Year award.

NEON introduced the Student of the Year award for the first time this year (2015) to acknowledge commitment and hard work in widening access to higher education.

Outreach ambassador wins first-ever national Student of the Year award

Emily Milne at the Palace of Westminster with Bethany-Rose Moore.

The winning student is Emily Milne is a final year Primary Education student who has also worked as a Student Ambassador for the University’s Outreach Team for most of her time whilst studying at Christ Church.

With strong beliefs in equal access to higher education for all, regardless of background, status or school, Emily has developed new ways to interact with students to enable them to take the steps they need to reach their ‘dream job’.

Emily said: “It was a shock to win the award; I really was not expecting it! There is a fantastic team of Outreach ambassadors; anyone of my fellow work mates would have been just as worthy. I am truly over the moon, and feel very happy to have won the award.

“Outreach is fantastic. I like the fact I can help and support others. I found the UCAS journey, A Levels, school stress, tricky and I know how hard it can be for a young person to work out their next step in life.

"Getting involved with Outreach is one of the best things I have done at University, sharing my life experience, my course experience, and, probably the best three years of my life.”

Emily accepted her award at the Palace of Westminster, accompanied by Bethany-Rose Moore, Graduate Trainee in the Outreach Team with Felicity Dunworth and Vanessa Chapman from the Kent and Medway Partnership Federation (KMPF).

Outreach ambassador wins first-ever national Student of the Year award

From left to right: Lisa Batchelor (KMPF), Vanessa Chapman (KMPF), Graham Atherton (NEON), Kay Keyte and Emily Milne.

Jayme Stevens, Outreach Manager, said: “We are extremely proud of Emily’s achievement. As one of our more experienced ambassadors, Emily has been able to share her positive experiences of higher education not only with young people from our partner schools but also the next generation of our Outreach ambassadors coming through.

“Emily’s win is indicative of the positive impact that the University’s Outreach team is having with young people across the county.”

Also winning the NEON Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access Award was Kay Keyte, a progression mentor at Castle Community College in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. NEON noted that in her last four years at the school, Kay’s work has contributed to a 17% increase in university places for disadvantaged students.

Notes to Editor


NEON was founded in early 2012 as the new professional organisation to support those involved in widening access to higher education and social mobility. At the heart of NEON is a cross-sector approach bringing together higher education institutions, schools, colleges, the voluntary sector, professional bodies and employers.

NEON is hosted by London Higher, the representative organisation for universities in London. NEON is an independent non-state funded organisation. NEON grew from the need for a strong, coherent community of professionals that could support learners from underrepresented backgrounds to enter higher education. NEON is shaped and led by its members.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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