Recently, 11 students from HELP Academy were the proud recipients of the Dean’s Award from the University of Derby.
The Dean’s Award is conferred to the deserving individuals whose first and second year achievements and activities are resonant with the core values of the university.
The ceremony, which took place in November, was witnessed by University of Derby’s International Relationship Manager, Miss Gail Thrippleton, Mr. Eugenio Hernandez Gomez, University of Derby’s International Partnership Coordinator and Mr. Brian Wilkinson, the Relationship Manager and CMI representative.
Mr. Eugenio said that the Dean’s Award was a great way to recognize the performance of the First and Second Year students and to encourage them to be more involved in the programme. This award would also serve as an encouragement to the recipients to complete the programme while increasing the presence of the University of Derby in HELP Academy.
Mr. Brian Wilkinson reiterated Mr. Gomez’s sentiments and added that receiving the Dean’s Award would definitely boost a student’s prospects of securing a better job, besides completing a university degree.
Miss Gail Thrippleton said that employers in the UK are looking for graduates who are work-ready and possess the much needed attributes and skills. Some of the research that they have done with the UK employers is that instead of looking for a person who only have an impressive academic qualifications, they prefer someone who possess the right confidence to function well at their job.
She also said that a student with the Dean’s Award have not only proven to themselves academically, but are also doers who can perform well outside of a classroom. These students are the ones who are more employable to a prospective employer.
Four of the eleven Dean’s Awards recipients, namely Matthew Yeoh Yang Ming, Wong Yee Theng, Rasmit Singh A/L Harmit and Lim Jin Ru all echoed the sentiments shared by Miss Thrippleton and Mr. Wilkinson. Matthew Yeoh, a BA (Hons) Business Management student said that: ‘Studying for this degree at HELP has placed me in an extremely strong position in terms of my future career. It is taught in a manner that links the theory that you learn to the business world by using relevant case studies and current business issues from UK.”
Rasmit Singh A/L, a BA (Hons) Business Management student, also shares the same sentiments with Matthew and said that his degree was equipping him with the rights tools – both theoretically and practically as well for work. Wong Yee Theng and Lim Jin Ru, both studying for their BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, also commented on how they enjoyed studying the diverse accounting modules and applying the theories that they have learned during their semester to think critically and act competently in a real work environment.
The HELP Education Group prides itself on its choice of partner universities, which are top-notch in terms of delivery of programmes and ranking.
The University of Derby (UoD) is a modern, innovative education provider with over 160 years of expertise in education. In 2015, UoD jumped 29 places to make it to the “Top 50” in the United Kingdom (UK) Guardian University Guide. UoD graduates remain amongst the UK’s most employable. Statistics reveal 96% of full-time first degree graduates are in work or further studies, placing UoD in the12th place in the UK for student employability.
UoD which is HELP’s partner university, offers six 3+0 programmes from the Derby Business School programmes that have received Provisional Accreditation. Among them are: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, BA (Hons) Business (International Business), BA (Hons) Business Management as well as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.