Charities benefit as Santander rewards UCL students
14 December 2010
The winners of the Santander 1–UCL Excellence Awards were among those honoured at a recent ceremony at UCL.
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These awards, funded by Santander, aim to foster the notion of UCL as a community. They also aim to highlight and reward outstanding achievement or endeavour by current UCL students in a non–academic field.
One of the winning projects was the Broadway Bound Theatre Group, organised by UCL student Dom O’Hanlon, which provides theatre education for children with diverse backgrounds.
Kirstie McKevitt, Learning Mentor at St Michael’s Primary School, said of the group: “The children absolutely love the Musical Theatre Project and they look forward to it every week. The UCL students have done a wonderful job and we are very grateful for their effort and commitment to the project.”Another winning project was SoundMix – a project that teaches music to teenage refugees and asylum seekers, helping the teenagers acclimatise to British culture and steer them towards education.
UCL student Joshua Cohen, who won the 1–UCL award for his involvement with SoundMix, explained: “We try to have fun and play music, while at the same time introducing this marginalised group of teenagers to an informal educational environment. A recent achievement of the project has been one of our students gaining a place at a certified music college and subsequently be granted leave to remain in the UK.”
All winners of the 1–UCL award are granted £1,000, which is paid by Santander directly to a charity of the winner’s choosing.UCL was one of the first UK universities to work with the Santander Group, whose ‘Santander Universities’ scheme supports over 500 universities across Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
Generous support by the Santander Group provides for
awards to UCL students for extra-curricular achievement; scholarships for
postgraduate students from countries in the Santander Universities scheme to
study at UCL; and scholarships for UCL students and staff to study or research
in one of the ten countries within Santander’s network.
The full list of winners and their chosen charities are listed below.
Camilla Backhouse KEEN
Marina Chang Calmey Street Natural Park
Joshua Cohen SoundMix
Jessica French Roots and Shoots
Ryan Grammenos UCL Walking Club
Michael Irvine London Nightline
Linda O’Halloran Various Haiti construction projects
Dominic O’Hanlon Broadway Bound Theatre Group
Peter Scolding Medecins Sans Frontieres
Mohamed Hasan Syed Royal National Institiute for the Blind
Image: KEEN, a charity that provides sports and creative sessions for children with special needs in North london, was one of the projects to benefit from a Santander 1–UCL award of £1,000
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