Employability Points


EP Rewards Evening 2017

Celebrating the successes of the Employability Points Scheme.

The Employability Points Rewards Evening took place on Tuesday 7th June 2017 in Woolf College at the University of Kent.

Now in its seventh year, the University of Kent’s Employability (EP) Scheme saw a record 7,782 students taking part, supported by 145 companies and organisations.

The evening, which welcomed nearly 300 guests, was sponsored by Santander Universities with Canterbury City Council sponsoring the promotional materials. Arriva also provided return transportation for guests travelling from the Medway campus.

During the ceremony, the 20 top performing students were recognised through the provision of iPads, Amazon vouchers, and much more, all offered by sponsoring companies and organisations.

Guests included the Sheriff of Canterbury, Councillor Colin Spooner, and, for the University, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation Professor Philippe De Wilde and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Professor April McMahon, as well as staff and students. For the first time this year, the scheme was expanded to include students currently studying at our European Centres in Paris and Brussels and the Highest Scoring Student from Brussels, Sabrina Iannazzone, was awarded during the ceremony. 

Marcus Wright, Enterprise Manager at Kent Innovation and Enterprise said:

"This evening brought together our three key stakeholders in such a fantastic and energised way.  Our students who make the scheme, our companies who offer the experiences and our staff and colleagues from around the institution and related Unions.  Without any of those we simply don’t have a scheme in the first place.  I can’t wait for our next ceremony in Medway next year!"

Carole Barron, Director of Innovation and Enterprise commented:

"I am delighted that so many students have engaged with the scheme this year and it is a testament to The University’s commitment to providing the best possible student experience. The EP Scheme has gone from strength to strength and continues to be an important part of university life. I hope that all the students who took part are proud of what they have achieved."

The EP team would like to thank all the sponsoring organisations for their support in ensuring the event was a success.

Check out our Facebook photo album here and Twitter updates here.

To find out more about the event details, speakers, and the scheme’s winners, see below:


Many of our sponsors and supporters were invited to our rewards evening. Some even made presentations to students and spoke about why they wanted to get involved with Employability Points, along with students who have benefited from the scheme, and members of the University of Kent community. Here are the speakers we had on the night:

Carole Barron - Director of Kent Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent

Marcus Wright – Enterprise Relationship Manager, University of Kent

Chandresh Meghji - Branch Director, Santander Universities

Sophie Taylor-Gammon - Hub Coordinator, University of Kent

Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Chief Executive, Nucleus Arts

Sebastien Cadinot, Director of Centre of English & World Languages, University of Kent

Gregg Lawrence, Director, Yoyo Design

Jennifer Thomas – Client Business Manager, Caliper

Matt Cook – EP Officer, University of Kent

Scott Maynard – HR Director, Southeastern

Jennifer Thomas – Client Business Manager, Caliper

Emily Antcliffe - Deputy Director, Civil Service

Ros Daitshell - HR Director, KIMS Hospital

Rakesh Pradhan - Commercial Graduate, BAE Systems

Rose Noble – EP Student Ambassador, University of Kent

Jane Walker - PR Manager, Canterbury Cathedral

Becky Simms – Managing Director, Reflect Digital

Oliver Monahan - Area Managing Director for Kent and Surrey, Arriva

Jo James - Chief Executive, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Colin Carmichael - Chief Executive, Canterbury City Council

Tomas Christodoulou, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Perry Holmes, Chief Legal Officer, Medway Council

Richard Heasman – Forensic Accounting and HR Partner, Kreston Reeves

Professor Philippe De Wilde – Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Kent

Student Award Presentations

Here is a list of winners who were announced on the night:

Joey Chong, Highest Scoring Student from the Canterbury Campus

Vladislav Kozub, Highest Scoring Student from the Medway Campus

Miguel Santos, Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Humanities

Rowena Bicknell, Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Sophia Ppali, Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Sciences

Thomas Ritchie, Highest Scoring Postgraduate Student

Hannah Marshall, Highest Scoring Student Studying a Finance related Degree

Sarah-Louise Brock, EP Student with the Highest Number of Volunteering Hours towards Kent Union/GK Union’s KSCV Award

Liam Mair, EP Student with the Highest Number of Volunteering Hours towards Kent Union/GK Union’s KSCV Award (Second place)

Alayna Marsh, EP Student with the Highest Number of Volunteering Hours towards Kent Union/GK Union’s KSCV Award (Third place)

Cristina-Diana Cojocaru, Highest Scoring Student who completed the Careers and Employability Award

Rayyan Petkar, EP Student with the Highest Number of Hub Activities Logged

Melissa Neave, Highest Scoring Student who has Logged a Community Outreach Activity

Jonathan Small, Highest Scoring Student Studying a Business related Degree in Medway

Sabrina Iannazzone, Highest Scoring Student Studying at a European Centre

Ivo Valeriev Valchev, Highest Scoring First Year Student

Aleksandra Szkurlat, Highest Scoring Student who has Engaged with Study Plus

Maximilian Gilbert, Highest Scoring Student Studying a Pharmacy or Life Science Related Degree

Aastha Aggarwal, Highest Scoring Student who Serves as either a Sports Team Captain or Society President

Aleksander Angelov, Highest Scoring Student Studying a Creative Degree


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Last Updated: 19/06/2017