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Recognition for UEA students making an impact in the community

Students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) were recognised for achievements outside their studies, including the impact they make on the local community, at an awards ceremony in the LCR last night (17 May).

Now in their fourth year, the Student Transformation Awards and Recognitions, organised by the UEA Students’ Union, acknowledge people who have used their university experience to make a difference. There were 31 categories and 65 awards, recognising the efforts of students who run campaigns, get involved in clubs, start their own businesses and work or volunteer for the SU or in the community. 

Camille Koosyial, Activities and Opportunities Officer for uea(su), said: “We're about students transforming and this celebration gives us a chance to showcase the range of activities, projects and events that our students run which improve the whole student experience.

“I am so incredibly proud of what our students achieve, making their lives and UEA even better. Whether this is addressing loneliness on campus, improving services or celebrating diversity of our student body.”

The Community Volunteer of the Year Award was scooped by Ruth Harding, who volunteers for St John Ambulance and regularly helps at LCR events and at Norwich City Football Club. She said: “I think it’s about working as a team, allowing yourself and others to grow and learn. We’ve made a real difference this year, just at LCR events alone.”

The Community Impact Award was jointly won by Livewire, the Students’ Union radio station, and UEA Enactus, where students develop their business skills through social enterprise projects. Elyza Habeeb Rahman, President of UEA Enactus, said: “We are a community of students who just want to help people. It’s rewarding to see that we’re changing people’s everyday lives for the positive. It not only empowers them, but it empowers us as students.”

Anya Pover, who is studying a Master’s in Social Work, won the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her business, Warisan Boutique. Inspired by the Indonesain craft of Batik, she designs and sells clothes, accessories and jewellery, donating all profits to help children in the country. She picked up her prize wearing a unique scarf that she had designed herself.

Jake Goddard, who won the Outstanding Service to the Student Community award for his work with the telephone support service Nightline, said: “It’s helped to build my confidence and that’s what I’ll carry with me through into the future.”