Two exceptional students from Leeds Trinity University have been awarded the Ken Hodgson Memorial Prize for Business which recognises academic excellence and services to the community and business.
Emily Outram, a third-year Business and Management student, and Richard Todd, who is in the final year of a degree in Accounting and Business, were both presented with a cheque for £250 by Tim Hodgson, Director of the Westcourt Group, son of the late Ken Hodgson and Leeds Trinity Honorary Fellow and alumnus.
Emily, 20, was recognised for academic excellence after gaining consistently high grades throughout her time at University. Richard was recognised for his work in the community with Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise using partnership as an engine for social and economic change.
Emily said: “It’s exciting. I couldn’t believe it. It’s great to have my hard work recognised in this way. I’d like to pursue a career in marketing. My placements at Leeds Trinity have helped me to gain experience so that after graduating I know what I want to do. I’m hoping to gain a graduate scheme in marketing.”
After completing his University placement at Ahead Partnership Richard was offered part-time work with the organisation and is committed to developing a career in the voluntary sector.
Richard, 28, said: “The award and having my work recognised by my tutors and the University is fantastic. I’ve started focusing on social enterprise accountancy with voluntary organisations. It’s really rewarding. After graduating, I’d like to continue my studies at Leeds Trinity to master’s degree level.”
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. This year, the award has been given to two students who have excelled.
Tim Hodgson said: “Business was my dad’s passion which is why we set up this annual award. It’s been going for seven years and I hope it makes a difference to Leeds Trinity students who share his passionate for business.
“It is always a pleasure to come back to Leeds Trinity University. When I meet the recipients of the award I am always impressed with how well they are doing, their ambition, hard work ethic and entrepreneurial mindset.”
Andy Gilliland, Academic Group Leader for Business, Management and Marketing at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Richard is an excellent ‘all round’ student, achieving high marks for his academic work as well as playing a key role as subject representative. His work with social enterprise is particularly valued in the wider community and his commitment to working with those in difficult circumstances is a credit to the University.
“Emily has worked consistently hard to achieve an outstanding level of academic success. As she moves into her final year, she is determined to continue this level of achievement and to develop plans for a successful entry into a career in Marketing.”