student news INCORPORATING COMMUNITY FOCUS inside... MY FIGHT FOR LIFE Holly tells of her wait for vital kidney transplant Page 3 PUTTING A LITTLE BACK Rewarding practice of volunteering in focus Pages 6 & 7 BULLY FOR THEM! What have Jim Bowen and Comedy Dave got in common? Pages 8 & 9 Student News is brought to you in association with: SUMMER 2008 Ex-student conquers UK singles and album charts DUFFY IS TOP OF THE POPS FORMER student Aimee Duffy is taking the world by storm after her single, Mercy, rocketed to top spot in the UK charts. The 23-year-old soul singer from Nefyn, North Wales, has been hotly tipped as one of music’s brightest prospects after bursting onto the scene with a number one single and chart-topping debut album, Rockferry. Duffy seemed destined for stardom from the moment she left the University in 2007. The limited release of the single, Rockferry, in late 2007 gave the UK a taste of what was to come, and when Mercy hit the shelves and downloads websites in early 2008, it was a massive success. The single raced to number one in the UK on download sales alone, and topped respective charts in seven different European countries, as well as jumping into the top 10 in a further eight. The former Performing Arts student, who has been nominated for two Mojo Awards, studied at both the Warrington and Chester campuses before completing Dip HE studies to follow her dream of becoming a professional in the music business. Head of Performing Arts, Kate By Richard Ault Malone Smith, who was Duffy’s Personal Academic Tutor during her time at university, said: “Aimee was always cheerful and energetic, and very proud of her Welsh heritage. I remember her as a delightful and determined young woman with a professional attitude. “She was eager to learn about the business of working as a professional in the music business, and often sought advice from Ben Broughton, a Lecturer in Performing Arts who is also a professional musician. “In Drama, her script-writing was exceptional and highly praised by professional playwright, Sol Rivers, who referred to her as ‘a star, a real star’.” She is now enjoying success in the US market after Mercy featured as the Song of the Week on the American iTunes website. She was also scheduled to perform at the prestigious Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City in early May. BRIGHT FUTURE: Former student Duffy took the world by storm in the first half of 2008 and is now on a global tour. Photo supplied.