Placement boss in line for national award

Carolyn Keenan, Acting Placement Manager, Aston Business School

10 January 2011

A manager from Aston Business School is among five finalists listed in the University Personality of the Year category of a national competition. The winner will be announced later this month.

Acting Placement Manager for the Undergraduate programme at Aston Business School, Carolyn Keenan, will attend the National Placement and Internship Awards ceremony in London on January 20.

Carolyn’s role is to support students to successfully secure work placements through building and maintaining professional relationships with employers. She has worked at the university since July 2007.

“To even be shortlisted is incredible,” said Carolyn, “I’m absolutely thrilled and really looking forward to the ceremony.” She added: “Credit to my colleagues and students at Aston whose support and cooperation have been outstanding, and I am tremendously grateful to them.”
Carolyn has been nominated by several students at Aston Business School, which is part of Aston University. Among them, Business and Management graduate Peter Crump, said: “Carolyn was a constant source of support and advice and helped me both academically and emotionally throughout my 12 month period.”

Another student, Adewunmi Babayemi, who is studying BSc Economics and Management, described Carolyn as “very encouraging and supportive” adding, “she is consistent across the board in terms of her flexibility to assist students regardless of their situations.”

Final year student Andrew Smith said: “I certainly believe Carolyn is most deserving of this award to recognise her commitment to work-based learning and willingness to go the extra mile to help students throughout the process.”

Sonia Jenkins, a graduate recruiter with IBM, said: “She is dedicated to making the students she looks after more employable by giving them opportunities to develop their skills and bringing them closer to employers.”

Externally, Rebecca Cund, who works for Cooper Industries, a graduate recruiter, described Carolyn as “extremely helpful and enthusiastic”. She said: “Carolyn works hard to ensure her and her team offer the best service to students and employers and we will continue to work together in the coming years. Carolyn would be a very worthy winner of this award as she always goes the extra mile in supporting employers and students.”

The National Placement and Internship Awards, created by undergraduate recruitment portal, aim to recognise and reward those organisations, universities and students who contribute to excellence within the work placement and internship market. This year there are three main categories – Student, University and Employer – with four, three and six sub-categories, respectively. A record 250 entries and nominations were received this year.

The awards ceremony will take place at Cass Business School in London on Thursday 20 January 2011.

For all media enquiries, please contact Dhiren Katwa, Press Officer at Aston Business School, on 0121 204 4954 or email