Law society and Union staff recognised at Vice-Chancellor Awards
University of Portsmouth students and members of staff who have made exceptional contributions to the University and the wider community were recognised at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
12 awards and 10 commendations were awarded at a celebration event at the New Theatre Royal, to recognise a range of achievements including supporting students with complex mental health difficulties, showcasing motion capture and virtual realities, raising money for homeless charities and encouraging students to progress to higher education, who otherwise may have not considered it an option.
Vice-Chancellor Graham Galbraith said:
“Our people are at the heart of all that is good at the University. Our teaching is recognised as gold-rated by the Government and we are ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK. But this success is not possible without the creativity, dedication and passion of our staff and students.
“I was pleased that a number of people from the community joined us in the celebrations including representatives from the City Council, Naval Base, the Football Club, local colleges and many more. We play a vital role in our city, and it’s important for us to share the positive impact that our students and staff have on our community. Their outstanding achievements deserve to be recognised"
Hannah Morton, Student Advisor at The Union and Rod Jeffcote received a VC Award for their work on Suicide Prevention Training. The Students’ Union won Lottery funding in July 2018 to run a weeklong, accredited, intensive course on Suicide Prevention Training for a small group of staff and student representatives who would, in turn, train Senior Tutors from all departments. Rod Jeffcote and Hannah Morton completed the training and they have since worked together to run several Suicide Prevent training sessions for residential staff in halls, senior tutors, departmental staff and students. The training is not a counselling course but provides strategies to respond in a proactive and positive way if confronted by a student who is considering self-harm. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, thanks to Rod and Hannah.
See the list of contributions recognised at the VC Awards here.
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