Abe Vincent Award Winner


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Sarah Tyson accepting the Abe Vincent award from Therese Lawlor-Wright.

On graduation day, we had the pleasure of awarding the ‘Abe Vincent award for Project Leadership and Community Engagement’ to Sarah Tyson. Sarah has  graduated with an Fd Sc in Project Management from the University of Cumbria.

The award celebrates the contribution that project management skills make in the community and is sponsored by the friends and family of Abe Vincent. Abe was a young man who died from bone cancer at the age of 21. Abe did not study project management but he demonstrated many project management skills and used these to make a difference in the community. This included fundraising for charity and supporting and encouraging other people.

The award was open to students enrolled on one of the Project Management courses at the University of Cumbria. Applicants had to prepare a written description of the their work in leading a community based project and this was assessed by a panel of judges. The prize is a voucher with a value of £200. We chose a voucher saying ‘Above and Beyond’ for the award. This recognises someone who has gone above and beyond in using their project management skills for the benefit of others.

Sarah Tyson’s application described her use of Project Management skills in organising a field day event for the Young Farmers in West Cumbria. She chaired a group of 15 representatives of young farmer clubs to run a field day with 63 events. In the months of organising behind the scenes, she engaged stakeholders, responded to queries, co-ordinated the efforts of others, supported the group and held it together. On the day itself, she was the ‘go to’ person for any unforeseen events and also responsible after the event for handing over to the next committee. The field day resulted in  financial benefits in the funds raised and also many benefits in terms of bringing the community together.

With this award, we recognise and appreciate Sarah Tyson’s work in going ‘above and beyond’ studying project management in using her project management knowledge and skills for the benefit of the community.




Student News – Andrew Bennett and the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge


Andrew Bennett is in the second year of the FdSc Project Management course at the University. He also is completing a level 4 apprenticeship in Project Management. Combining the apprenticeship with being employed at Sellafield and studying on a day release at the University makes for a very busy life. This Semester he is ultra busy having taken on the challenge of leading a team of apprentices in the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge.

In this challenge, teams of nine apprentices compete in various challenges designed to develop team skills and to publicise apprenticeships to young people and employers. It’s a national competition, this year involving more than 650 apprentices from 75 organisations. The challenge is designed to develop leadership, teamworking and communication skills in the contestants. Eight national finalist teams will be announced in the House of Commons on 17th May 2017. The competition culminates in a four day workshop from 12th to 15th June with the overall winner announced on 14th June 2017.

Andrew has taken on the role of team leader and is already using many of the skills developed on his Project Management foundation degree course. His experience on the challenge so far has included giving presentations about apprenticeships to local employers and young people.

Andrew is looking forward to completing the community project which is part of the challenge. The project is called ‘Cumbria Youth Can – get the fitness factor’ and is designed to promote initiatives to improve physical and mental health of young people in Cumbria. The project will involve setting up a website with information on local sporting clubs and mental health initiatives to promote physical and emotional well being.

For the latest updates, you can follow the Sellafield Apprentice team on Twitter at @SLBrathay2017 or use the hashtag #BAC17 to find out more about the progress of all the teams in the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge.

Andrew has promised to update us on the teams progress as the competition progresses, so watch this space……..