Award Win For University's Chrissy

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Award Win For University's Chrissy

Date posted: 11 March 2011

A dedicated member of the University of Derby Buxton's Dome Events team has scooped a prestigious regional tourism award.

Chrissy Edwards won the 'Most Promising Student or Trainee Award' at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire's Excel Tourism Awards held at Chatsworth on March 10.

Christine works in Buxton's Dome Events team delivering some of the incredible events that take place in the Dome throughout the year. Public events such as Afternoon Tea with the Duchess of Devonshire, and private hire such as conferences and weddings.

She said: "It was a fantastic evening, and it just topped it off that I actually won the award. I'm so pleased. I really enjoy working in the events industry as every event we put on in the Dome is unique, and so every day is different."

A team from the University were among 170 guests, including the University's Chancellor, the Duke of Devonshire, at the glittering event in Chatsworth's Carriage House Restaurant.  They went along to support Chrissy and two students who were also shortlisted.

Fay Fallows, a third year BA (Hons) in Managing in the Service Sector and Travel & Tourism degree student, was also shortlisted in the 'Most Promising Student or Trainee' category. This was for the work she has done to develop and deliver the Devonshire Dome Visitor Experience Programme, a programme of guided tours showcasing the Dome's unique history.

Final year Buxton student Savvas Savvas made it into the last three of the Young Chef of the Year category after wowing the judges in a sensational cook-off.  Savvas, who is originally from Cyprus, is midway through a top-up year of a BA (Hons) in Professional Culinary Arts at Buxton.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton, said: "We're incredibly proud of Chrissy for winning this award. She works hard and deserves recognition for the value that events held in the Dome add to tourism in the area.

"We also congratulate Savvas and Fay for their nominations."

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