Criminology students recognised in prize giving presentation

Criminology Prize Giving - October 2014

Two students from the University of South Wales were recently recognised in a prize giving presentation for their achievements during their first year of study in Criminology.

They were presented with their certificates by Tim John, Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in a presentation that was attended by first year criminology students and teaching staff.

Ryan Jones was presented with a certificate of achievement for Best Overall Student Engagement for his studies on the first year of Criminology. Tawnia McIntyre was recognised with a certificate of achievement for Best Overall Performance within Criminology.

Speaking about his winning the prize for Best Overall Student Engagement, Ryan Jones said: “The award came as a bit of a surprise. It is always a good feeling to have your efforts recognised, but knowing that only two awards were given out makes it that much more rewarding, and has definitely given me the motivation to do just as well this year!”

When asked what his advice would be for first year criminology students, Ryan said: “Get stuck in! There is nothing that is going to help you more than getting fully involved in your course. The more involved you are the more you are going to understand what it is you are studying, and do not be afraid to ask your lecturers or fellow students questions!

I cannot stress enough how much seminars and workshops helped me during my first year. These are perfect times to ask questions and gain a more firm understanding of your subject. In addition, a lot of what you learn during seminars is directly linked to exams and assessments! These are the best ways to improve your performance.”

Speaking about her achievements, Tawnia said: “It was amazing and a complete surprise to be awarded. It felt great knowing that my hard work and dedication to the course had been recognised. Thank you to the criminology department for acknowledging my dedication and perseverance and for seeing me through my first year.”

During the presentation Tim John congratulated both students: “It has been a pleasure to recognise the achievements of Tawnia and Ryan during their first year of studying in the Centre for Criminology.  Both consistently achieved high marks throughout their modules.  They have also made a significant contribution to the broader development of the subject by acting as student representatives, feeding in the views and experiences of their peers professionally and appropriately. “

Following the presentation Tim added: “Presenting the prizes to Tawnia and Ryan in front of this year’s first year students provided an opportunity for early achievement to be recognised and experiences to be shared.”

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