Celebrating business partnerships

06 June 2019

Students, businesses and community organisations celebrated working in partnership with the University at an awards evening at Augustine House. 

More than 50 businesses and employers attended the event on Wednesday 4 June.

Students were recognised for their hard work, dedication and achievements in their respective roles and local and national business were acknowledged for their contribution in supporting student’s future employability, whilst supporting regional economic growth.

Guest speakers were Kent digital marketing agency Celerity. Christ Church and Celerity have been working together to help recruit graduates to their Talent.ed Academy. The programme is designed to attract the brightest graduates looking for a career in digital marketing and develops them into talented marketeers for the future.

QVC, The world’s biggest broadcast-retailer and the second online largest retailer, was awarded International Business Partner of the Year for their working relationship with the University’s Media, Art and Design programmes. Nine former Film, Radio and TV students are now working for the company.  

Alumna Molly Wright was awarded the Student Success Award - making a significant contribution to the Film, Radio and TV, Film Production and Media Communications degrees through her input on the Professional Perspectives employability modules. Entrepreneur Molly who set up Molly Moodle Media, has offered work experience to a range of students.

The newest award, the Vice Chancellor’s Award, was given to Iain Hawthorn, Global Relationship Director at HSBC. Iain completed his degree 17 years ago and has dedicated time both within his working days with HSBC and also in his free time, to support various areas of the University.

His hard work has enhanced the University’s relationships with local businesses.

Sophie Chadwick, Director of Enterprise and Employability at the University, said: "It was fantastic to see so many Kent businesses at our employer awards last night. 

“It was a great opportunity for us to thank all the organisations we work with, and to recognise the huge contribution they make to the University and, most importantly, to our students." 

The evening's winners: 

Unitemps nominated Leasehold Solutions as Employer of the Year.

Alumna Vida Koster won Employee of the Year award.

Business Partner of the Year (Micro Business) went to Canterbury Brewers and Distillers.

Business Partner of the Year (SME) was given to Robert Richardson, General Manager at The Grand.

Business Partner of the Year (Large) was awarded to Joanna Richardson, Head of Marketing, Brands and Communication at Shepherd Neame.

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust was awarded Best Placement Provider.

SATEDA were awarded Community Organisation of the Year.

Key Partner Award was given to Visit Kent.

Jim Dawson, also from Visit Kent, was awarded for Work Related Experience Impact.

Alumni Partner of the Year award was given to Joshua Heyburn of Kent Event Services.

Student Nominated Organisation of the Year went to Finally.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with 16,000 students across Kent and Medway. Its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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