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Student Success | 2012

Sue Newell BA (Hons) 3D, Designer Maker Student, Final Year

Jamie Hayward BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, Second Year

Suzi Graham BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, Second Year

At the end of last academic year, I had work selected for the Pop Up shop run in collaboration with Pen Arts, and for exhibition on the Aim Higher Stand at Contemporary Craft Fair.

I Emma Cope, would like to nominate Jamie Hayward. Jamie has played an active role within the local community, working with the volunteer society in the SU, taking part in many projects, including several days working on the University’s allotment. He is also involved in the uni’s Musical Theatre Group (MTG) , going above and beyond his role of ‘health and safety’ officer on the committee.

I decided to gain some practical work experience during my degree and was accepted by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary as a Special Constable in October 2010. I faced my own challenges when considering how undertaking this sort of work would affect my disability. However, I have been overwhelmed by the positive support and encouragement I have received from my colleagues and the police force itself.

Playing large roles in both the Christmas Cabaret concert and upcoming March musical takes up enough time in itself, however Jamie has not only done this and organised the health and safety aspects of the shows but has taken large amounts of his own time to arrange volunteering opportunities for the 70 strong society.

I am privileged to have the opportunity to engage with a local community, to work with some outstanding and inspiring officers, and develop myself and my skills in a way that benefits not only me and future employers, but importantly the community within which I work. The job has also provided a wealth of practical knowledge and experience which has greatly enhanced my learning and the quality of my academic work.

This academic year I had work selected from an open submission to Present Makers, an exhibition held at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton. I’ve also had a commission for candle lanterns for the New River Cottage Restaurant in Plymouth, to design and make soap dishes for Odds and Suds an artisan soap company and work selected for exhibition at KBB held at the NEC. Through these opportunities I have had to be professional in my preparation i.e. website, business cards, packaging, pricing etc as well as hone my networking skills and talking about my work. I am presently looking for funding to help in the set up of my own workshop so I can continue making after leaving University.

Amy Coulling BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies This year I have been volunteering in a Reception class in Plymouth, which has meant my experiences in the school has secured me a place on PGCE course for September, as I am hoping to become an Early Years teacher. In other news, as a student representative, I organised a Christmas party for the course in December which was successful and very enjoyable, and has now started a trend for the following years.

Throughout this academic year Jamie has independently organised, taken part in and encouraged as many society members as possible to join him in helping the local community. Jamie would never nominate himself because he doesn’t do the work for the recognition; he does it because he loves helping others and giving back to the community. I believe he really does deserve acknowledgment for the work and time he puts into helping others.


As a result I was awarded a Commander’s Certificate in December 2011 from the Devonport and West Sector Superintendent, in recognition of my dedication and commitment. This award was presented to me for my victim - centred approach and thorough understanding of ‘Operation Encompass’ during a violent incident in September 2011.

Student Success with Plymouth University  

Plymouth University students are undertaking a number of activities to great success and to celebrate this hosted an event to showcase these...

Student Success with Plymouth University  

Plymouth University students are undertaking a number of activities to great success and to celebrate this hosted an event to showcase these...