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Careers Champion June 2018

After a thrilling final which saw 12,500 votes cast, Tim Shehu (St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College) has been confirmed as the 8th Careers Champion winner, narrowly pipping Sunderland University’s Alison Grieves who finishes as Runner-up!

Tim Shehu

Tim has been an outstanding guidance professional for a number of years and is currently supporting students as Careers Coordinator and Adviser at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College, London. He works hard to break down barriers and ensure positive outcomes – supporting 1000 students across a range of disciplines. Tim has also diligently prepared those looking to apply to Oxbridge this year,  securing the best outcome the school has experienced in recent times. Colleague Daniel Camacho said: “Tim tirelessly works with pupils to maximise higher education access for the large number of first generation applicants. He regularly organises whole college talks and coordinated the most well attended progress and career days the college has known.”


Below are details of our other 4 fantastic Careers Champion finalists for June 2018

Runner-up: Alison Grieves,  Careers Coach (University of Sunderland)

3rd place: Gill Appleby, Careers Adviser (Whalley Range 11-18 High School, Manchester)

Sang Townsley, Employability Officer (De Montfort University)

Suzanne Dickinson, Employer Engagement & Student Opportunities Adviser (York St John University)

Also Nominated for the June 2018 Award

Suzanne Dickinson

Suzanne Dickinson

Suzanne has worked in Employability roles at York St John University for almost 10 years. She is currently Employer Engagement and Student Opportunities Adviser and her busy schedule revolves around finding the best opportunities and fit for students whether that be part-time or graduate jobs. Suzanne also manages the Student and Guardian Internship programmes as well as seeking out volunteering opportunities. Nominator and Colleague Jess Popplewell said: “Suzanne works incredibly hard on brokering volunteering projects, internship programmes and graduate opportunities with a specific focus on what our students want and need, and what will serve the community best. She forges lasting and productive relationships with students and always puts them first, delivering high quality careers support.”

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Alison Grieves

Alison Grieves

Alison has extensive experience across a number of career related roles and has been Careers Coach at the University of Sunderland for the last five years. She currently delivers to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, designing and coordinating outstanding bespoke coaching sessions and employability programmes across a range of platforms. Alison continually goes above and beyond to ensure positive outcomes for her students. Nominator and colleague Cian O’Sullivan said: “Alison is always investing time, money and effort in up skilling how she can help her students and constantly adapting to help them. This is not just for her students, but with her work colleagues and her friends when they need help with their careers progression. She is full of positive energy and is always there for students.”

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Sang Townsley

Sang Townsley

Sang has been the Employability Officer at De Montfort University for almost six years and was previously Careers Education and Development Manager at Connexions Leicester. Her varied role includes organising and delivering sessions and events and liaising with potential contacts. Nominator and colleague Samuel Parr said: “Sang goes above and beyond every single day. Each year she gives 300 careers sessions, involves over 100 employers in events, and empowers staff. This year she proved herself further, facing health issues and increased responsibilities after her manager left, she organised an excellent conference of 50 organisations to around 1000 students.” Associate Dean Nikki added: “Sang’s work ethos & passion to help students are second to none and ensures over 97% of grads go onto work or further study.”

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Gill Appleby

Gill Appleby

Gill has worked tirelessly for over 10 years to support students and colleagues in her role as Careers Adviser at Whalley Range 11-18 High School in Manchester. She has been the driving force for CEIAG excellence at the school, not only ensuring pupils receive sound guidance around their aspirations but also in the careers education programmes she has helped to initiate and develop. She regularly goes above and beyond to ensure a valuable opportunity is taken up. Nominator Jackie Fahey said: “Gill’s attention to detail is second to none and her links ensure that students are given the best possible opportunities to broaden their horizons. She has made a significant, positive impact on the lives of thousands of young women in Manchester.”

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