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Cardiff Met student named as Student Employee of the Year in National Awards



​Robert Mant celebrates winning the Step Up to Leadership Award at this year’s National Student Employee of the Year ​Awards.​

Cardiff Metropolitan University student Robert Mant is celebrating winning the Step Up to Leadership Award at this year’s National Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards.

The Student Employee of the Year Awards recognise and promote the contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work with their study commitments.

The Awards have been coordinated on an annual basis by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) since 2002 and have grown year on year.

The Students' Union at Cardiff Met hosted the institutional-level awards for the second time as part of the growing initiative which involves 40 institutions across the UK.

Departments at the University and external employers had the opportunity to nominate students for their hard work under the following categories: Above and Beyond, Step Up to Leadership, Commercial Impact and Jobshop / Student Temp.

Each student category is judged at three levels: Institutional, Regional and National before one overall Student Employee of the Year is chosen.

Robert, 20, a first year BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching undergraduate was crowned Institutional, Regional and then National winner for the Step Up to Leadership category, which recognises students who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to lead teams or projects.

As part of the Alumni Telephone Fundraisers Team, Robert was voted ‘Most Supportive and Enthusiastic Team Player’ by his student colleagues for his entertaining and inspiring pep talks on the final shift of the campaign. This meant that Rob won a pair of McBusted tickets which Motorpoint Arena Cardiff donated for the campaign, and was nominated by the Development and Alumni Office for the SEOTY Award.

Robert will now go on to attend the SEOTY Awards evening in Liverpool on Thursday 2nd July where he will face the national winners of the other three categories with the hope of being named overall Student Employee of the Year.
Robert said: “I am very flattered to have even been nominated. I really enjoyed working on the campaign and would definitely love to do it next year!”

The University is also celebrating the Alumni Telephone Fundraisers’ Team winning the Commercial Impact award regionally for their work on the annual Alumni Telephone Campaign.

The team of 22 current students from five academic schools spoke to hundreds of alumni on the telephone over a two-week period with the intention of generating support for the University.

The project resulted in 127 alumni volunteering to work directly with current students and over £26,000 pledged to the University’s Development Fund supporting scholarships, research, community projects and new facilities at Cardiff Met.

In addition, the International Student Helpers were highly commended in the Above and Beyond category at regional level, as well as Freya Knibb, who was also highly commended regionally for the Jobshop / Student Temp Award.

Alice Sockett, who co-ordinated the Alumni Telephone Campaign at Cardiff Met said: “I welcomed the chance to nominate this team of students. We had almost 150 applications for the 22 roles and UMAX did an amazing job in shortlisting and recruiting an outstanding group to work on the campaign.

“The students’ passion and teamwork, along with their enthusiasm about generating support for the life-changing work that goes on at the University made this a record-breaking campaign. In an increasingly tough job market these awards are a great way to give all the students nominated recognition for being proactive in working alongside their studies, not just to make money, but to make a difference.”  ​