Aston student wins big in Jobshop Awards

seoty pr

10 July 2017

  • Aston student Sydney Leigh wins Student Employee of the Year in the National Jobshop Awards.

Aston University student Sydney Leigh has been awarded the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) National Jobshop Awards.

The SEOTY Awards recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. It has been coordinated on an annual basis by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) since 2002 and has grown year on year.

Sydney, a second year undergraduate studying Mathematics, was initially employed by the Careers+Placements JobShop as a ‘Jobshop Assistant’ but was quickly promoted to ‘Marketing Executive’.

She was entered for the award by the JobShop Co-ordinator, Cathy Laird, who describes Sydney as “an outstanding Marketing Assistant and a fundamental member of the JobShop team.”

Cathy went on to say that “by using her entrepreneurial skills, creativity and courage, Sydney is able to identify and match both voluntary and paid work opportunities to the recruitment needs of employers, and she promotes our inspirational students as an untapped innovative work force.”

Sydney said: “I am honoured to have been selected as a national winner for the Student Employee of the Year Award. This will greatly enhance my opportunities once I graduate from university as it will be shown on my transcript so prospective employers will see that I have been recognised for my hard work within a previous role.

“I encourage all current and future students to aspire to achieve such a high ranking award, and to raise awareness to their employers with hopes of being nominated. The JobShop has been extremely supportive and will help you to gain the vital work experience graduate employers seek.”


Self-funded PhD student Shioma-Lei Craythorne was nominated for her work as a Tutor at Explore Learning, and Katie Aston was nominated by the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

The Centre Director of Explore Learning, Lucy Holder, said: “Shioma-Lei is a really inspiring tutor who has a passion for education and makes learning fun

“She has made great bonds with the children and parents throughout her time at Explore learning, treats each student equally and will go out of her way to ensure she is delivering the best teaching and service as possible.

“The children love her (Shioma-Lei) and describe her as kind, caring and helpful. They selected her as their favourite tutor, and she was presented with the tutor of the year award at Explore Learning in February 2016 for her genuine enthusiasm for working with children, her passion for education and wanting to see the children reach their full potential.”

Gabriel Pirvanescu, from the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, has worked with Katie Aston for two years. She said: “She has been demonstrating all the qualities needed to be a great leader. She is always there when you need her help, and is the first one to jump and lead the team in achieving their goals. Katie has amazing communications skills, and always makes sure everyone knows their job and task on the day. She huddles the team and leads them to success every shift.”


Notes to the editor

  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey.

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