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Glyndŵr student best student employee in Wales

22 June 2010

An engineer from Glyndŵr University is celebrating after being named as the best student employee in Wales.

Beth Hughes, of Deeside, was awarded the Student Employee of the Year 2010 crown for her contribution to student life at the Wrexham university.

Beth provides support for The Zone, part of the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, organising events and overseeing day-to-day administration.

She also acted as sponsorship manager for Zonefest, an annual one-day music and arts festival held in Wrexham, and works part-time at the University’s Guild Bar.

Beth is currently working as an outreach team coordinator for the team behind Nos Gwawr II, a solar car being built at Glyndŵr University.

Judith Alexander, Zone Manager, paid tribute to Beth’s hard work in enhancing the student experience at Glyndŵr University.

“The Student Employee of the Year Award is all about extra-curricular activity and entrepreneurial activity and this is an area where Beth has excelled,” she said. “Beth works at the heart of student life and her passion, determination and work ethic is outstanding. The Zone is a small team and she has been a vital part of making it an open, accessible resource for students. I’m sure that the experience will provide a tremendous edge when it comes to her future employment.”

Beth was selected from hundreds of other entrants from universities across Wales for the award from the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) and will now compete in the UK finals next month.

Beth, who studies renewable energy, said: “The award came as a complete surprise – I didn’t even know I’d been nominated. I got involved with the Zone because I wanted to make the most of my time at university and it’s been a privilege to work there. It’s given me the opportunity to make a difference to other students’ university experience and I’ve made so many new friends through my work there, which has been fantastic.”

The Student Employee of the Year award is now in its eight year and aims to recognise campus-based student employment services and the role they play in enhancing students’ employability.

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