Charlotte's Memory Marked With Graduate Excellence Award

19 December 2013

Charlotte Blackman

Charlotte Blackman

We're very proud. This award is a nice way of keeping Charlotte's memory alive and is a real honour. 

Annie Flower, University Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

An excellence award in the name of deceased student Charlotte Blackman will be given to a University of Derby Education Studies graduate for the first time at its January (2014) Awards Ceremonies.

Charlotte, 22, of Heanor, was an exemplary student who'd just completed her BA (Hons) Education Studies degree - achieving a First Class honours - in summer 2012, when she was tragically killed in a landslide whilst on holiday in Dorset.

With the agreement of Charlotte's family the University has now established a memorial award in her name; to be given at the annual Derby Awards Ceremonies, to the highest achieving graduate 'all rounder' on the Education Studies degree course.

The recipient of the first such award will be announced at next month's (January) graduation event, taking place from January 15-17. In addition to the award itself the graduate will receive £100 in book tokens.

Charlotte's mum Rachel said: "We're very proud. This award is a nice way of keeping Charlotte's memory alive and is a real honour."

Annie Flower, University Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and a former tutor of Charlotte's, added: "We felt it was appropriate, after Charlotte's family accepted her degree certificate at last year's graduation event, to establish an award in her name starting from 2014.

"The new award will recognise the graduate judged to be the best 'all rounder'; in terms of academic achievements, tutor assessments and performance on work placements, over their degree course."

Lynn Senior, Head of the School of Education, said: "Charlotte achieved a First Class degree and was an exceptional student with a real passion for all aspects of education, in particular special educational needs. We wanted to honour her name with an award that would recognise those qualities in future graduates."

More than 4,000 people will graduate from the University's faculties of Arts, Design and Technology; Business, Computing and Law; and Education, Health and Sciences, at the Awards Ceremonies from January 15-17.

For further information about graduation at the University of Derby see website www.derby.ac.uk/graduation

For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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