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Published: 12 January 2016

Prizes celebrate achievement

There is a wide range of student prizes to reward excellence and achievement in performance and many of these are funded by our alumni and friends, helping us celebrate personal and academic endeavour.

Prizes in the past year have made a difference to a range of students, and will continue to do so in the future.

A dedication to nursing and compassion for patients are qualities celebrated by the Janet Bates Memorial Prize.

The award has been set up to remember the inspiring Janet Pegler (nee Bates) who died in 2011 from Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease. First a nurse, then the owner of several residential homes with her husband Martin, for Janet nursing was a passion, not just a career.

The prizes are awarded to two final-year adult nursing students who have shown the most potential and commitment to upholding the values of nursing with a clear display of their love of nursing.

Martin said: “Janet was dedicated, hard-working and determined with a devotion to nursing. She instilled her values to all the staff who worked with her. Even while in hospital in her final weeks, Janet railed against the more modern, more familiar way of addressing patients: ‘Nurse if you care to look at my notes, I think you’ll find my name is not luvvie; it’s Mrs Pegler’!”

Surrey graduates are benefiting from a new £20,000 scholarship scheme set up by a former lecturer and his wife.

Tony and Marjorie De Reuck have many happy memories of their time at the University – Tony as a senior lecturer in international studies and Marjorie as a member of the Daphne Jackson Trust, based on campus.

“We had an 18-year connection with the University, which we still feel to this day even though we are retired,” said Tony. “We wish Surrey every success in the future and thought what better way to help with this than to fund talented students.”

The couple’s generous donation means that five Surrey alumni have been awarded a scholarship, worth £4,000, to study for a postgraduate degree.

Lucy Gibson, who graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science in 2015, is one of the De Reuck scholars and is studying for an MSc in Human Nutrition. She said:  “After being awarded this scholarship I feel much of the financial pressure of undertaking a postgraduate course has been lifted. I’m happy that I will not have to rely so heavily on family funding or part-time work so that I can concentrate on achieving an excellent qualification.”

A world leader in the development of telecommunications and digital broadcasting has been remembered in a prize to be awarded to a student on the University’s new degree in Film and Television Production Engineering.

Honorary graduate Professor Charlie Sandbank, who died in 2008, was Deputy Director of Engineering at the BBC. Upon retirement in 1983, he sat on the advisory board for Surrey’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

The Charlie Sandbank Prize for Technical Innovation, set up for 25 years by his wife Audrey, will reward the final-year student with the most outstanding technical project.

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