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Business prize awarded to Leeds Trinity University student

A third year accounting and business student at Leeds Trinity University has been awarded the Ken Hodgson Memorial Prize for Business for her exceptional academic performance, employability skills and contribution to the University community.

Kreigh Williams, 21, was presented with a cheque for £500 by Tim Hodgson, director of the Westcourt Group, son of the late Ken Hodgson and Leeds Trinity University alumnus.

Kreigh said: “It’s great to win this award. I feel like I’ve really managed to achieve something during my time here at Leeds Trinity. Working in accounting or business is my dream. I’m in the middle of applying for graduate schemes so I hope the award gives me an advantage.”

The Ken Hodgson Memorial Prize was established in 2012 in memory of Ken Hodgson, the founder of the commercial property investment company Westcourt Group Ltd, who was also a Governor at Leeds Trinity University. Every year a Leeds Trinity student is awarded the £500 prize in recognition of their hard work, academic achievements and employability skills.

Tim Hodgson said: “My father was a Governor at the University and was involved in building the Kirkstall Hall student accommodation. He died in 2011 and on the evening of his funeral we were having a chat about doing something in his memory, and we thought of Trinity. Dad was a successful businessman so what better way to remember him than giving money to help a student who is doing well in business.”

Andy Gilliland, academic group leader for business, management and marketing at Leeds Trinity University, said: “The award identifies a student who is on their way to great things, someone who is getting outstanding marks and doing good work in their placements.

“We have quite a few exceptional students on the accounting and business degree course but Kreigh really stands out. As well as her exceptionally good results, Kreigh works hard and is very dedicated to her studies. She’s also a great person and is always smiling. I’ve no doubt that she will do very well in her future career.”

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