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Ede and Ravenscroft prize

In pursuit of excellence - Psychology Student, David Nevard, wins prestigious award

Congratulations to David Nevard, winner of the Ede and Ravenscroft prize. David is a second year student in the School of Psychology, and was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the School and the wider community.

Professor Kenny Coventry, new Head of School congratulated David on his award.  "I am delighted by David's success.  It is particularly pleasing in the context of the new School of Psychology which prides itself in nurturing close student staff liaison."

As well as a consistently strong academic performance, David plays a leading role in student representation on the School Board and in the Staff Student liaison committee. He has motivated first year student representatives to emulate his supportive and communicative approach as a cohort advocate.

David's ideas regarding improving inter-year support and student collegiality lead to the direct development of student support sessions (called leminars). The first of these sessions was held in January 2012 and after a few weeks the room booked for the sessions proved to be too small due to the popularity of the leminars. The proposals from David spurred other developments of associated activities which were brought together under a ‘PsychX' banner.

In addition, David has worked as a student ambassador within the University, and has worked in the wider community, helping staff and mentoring students at the Hewett School.

David is delighted to receive this award for 2012/13. David said:

 "I am overwhelmed, and greatly surprised, to have been chosen as a winner of this prestigious prize. It is a great honour to have even been nominated by my school, and I would like to thank them for their continued support and encouragement - I feel privileged to be taught by an exceptional team of academics.

I do not consider the extra-curricular work that I do as extraordinary in any way, but I do it for the benefit of others and the difference that it makes. It is, however, amazing that my effort has been acknowledged and I hope that this encourages other students to also get involved and make a difference to university life in some way!"

The Ede and Ravenscroft Academic Prize for Excellence was established in 1989. The prize is awarded annually to a full-time or part-time undergraduate, in any School of Studies, who is in their first or second year of full-time study (or equivalent, part-time). The prize is awarded to a student who, in addition to demonstrating commitment to their academic work, has made a significant contribution to the life of their School of Study and/or the life of the University in general.