23 February 2018
USW Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie Lydon; Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director General; Scott
Waddington, Chairman of Cardiff Business Club, and Laura Davies.
A University of South Wales (USW) student who helped to organise a Wales-wide event has won a bursary from Cardiff Business Club.
Laura Davies, 21, from Blackwood, was presented with the award at February’s Club meeting - which was addressed by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI – after completing an internship with Commonwealth Games Wales, during which she focused on organising last year’s Queen’s Baton Relay.
The third-year marketing undergraduate was given the £1,000 bursary after being nominated by USW lecturer Lauren Thomas. When she graduates in the summer, Laura is hoping to secure a job in event management.
“It was a very unexpected but pleasant surprise to hear that I had been chosen for the Cardiff Business Club Bursary Award, and it was a real honour to be recognised for my hard work throughout my time at University,” Laura said.
“I am very grateful to the University for nominating me and would like to thank my lecturers and the staff that have continuously supported me throughout my studies and for helping me secure my sandwich placement with Commonwealth Games Wales, which has opened so many doors for me.
“It was a great privilege to meet and be presented with the award by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI, and to be in the presence of so many influential businessmen and women from Wales; it was very interesting to hear their thoughts on the prospects of British industry and commerce.
“I will always remember this award as being an important milestone when I reflect on my academic journey at the USW.”
Lecturer Lauren Thomas added: “Laura is an exceptional student whose commitment to the marketing profession shines through in everything she does.
“She consistently achieves high grades, and is a student ambassador whose help at open days this year has been extremely valuable.
“Her sandwich year placement at the prestigious Commonwealth Games developed both her intrinsic talents and her learned understanding of marketing, to a level where she can confidently help those around her with their own development. I have infinite trust that Laura will go on to do great things.”
Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Wales, said: “Commonwealth Games Wales, in partnership with USW, is a founder member of the Commonwealth Games Federation internship programme for university students in the Commonwealth.
“Laura was the third intern from USW and is an outstanding student, and her year with Commonwealth Games Wales saw her lead on the Queens Baton Relay.
“The relay was the curtain raiser for 2018, and was in Wales for four days in September. Laura pulled together about 25 events throughout Wales, worked with multiple partners at national and local level, and liaised with the Games hosts in Gold Coast Australia. Over the year she developed many skills in marketing, presenting plans, co-ordinating partners, and managing the Relay team.
“We at Commonwealth Games Wales are delighted that Laura has won this bursary, which recognised her enthusiasm and skills.”
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