Law Graduates win OSCAs
We are delighted to announce that two of our recent graduates have been awarded The University’s Outstanding Student Contribution Award (OSCA) for 2020.
The OSCAs recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions of Warwick students. They not only excel academically, but also find the time to campaign for good causes, fundraise, start small business, and work with local charities. This award seeks to celebrate individuals whose efforts have made a difference and contributed significantly to the community.
Toby Stacey and Alicja Lysik who both studied on our LLB 3 year degree programme have been named as two of this year’s winners. Alicja told us, “I thoroughly enjoyed my course as I got to explore my areas of interest whilst developing legal knowledge. However, from the very beginning university was something more for me than just studying, I wanted to fully engage in the community and the campus life.
“Taking part in so many inspirational and interesting projects was often challenging but also very transformative in terms of personal development. I tried my best to always commit fully to all of the activities I took part in so I was overjoyed when I received the email that I was awarded one of the 2020 OSCAs.
“Despite all of the unprecedented circumstances and the sadness connected to leaving Warwick, I couldn't imagine a better end to my studies. Through my involvement with the community, I developed many transferable skills and amazing friendships - I strongly believe the OSCA is a capstone to all of that. If I had any advice for students, I would say get involved as much as you can!”
So why were they nominated?
Toby has been an active contributor to the Law SSLC. Under his leadership, the SSLC has grown dramatically – both in size and in presence – by introducing a social media channel, a logo, and branded clothing. They achieved SSLC of the Year at the Students’ Union Awards 2019 for the high level of collaboration between students and staff on a number of issues.
Toby was also responsible for the removal of restrictions on the ability of law students to take language modules as electives, after identifying a demand for greater interdisciplinary and international learning. In light of this, he was awarded the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Fellowship.
Toby has co-created a working group which interviewed students about their induction experience, producing a report that was used by staff to plan the 2019 Welcome Week.
Toby started the Law School Film Club to utilise the Law School social spaces. He co-hosted and produced a primetime weekly radio show interviewing various members of the Warwick community on current affairs. The show received multiple awards at the RAWards 2020, including Best Interview for their Women’s Week episode. He simultaneously trained and performed in two competitive cheer-leading squads, placing second and third nationally.
As a member of the Academic and Welfare sub-committee, he mentored first year students for the last two years and co-founded the Client Interviewing Competition this academic year. The success of the competition garnered the attention of the University of York and King’s College London. Toby has collaborated with York to establish their own competition.
Toby has been a volunteer at the Warwick Legal Clinic, providing free legal advice to the local community of Leamington Spa. He is also a proud student ambassador for the University, working at every Open Day since he began his degree.
During her time at Warwick, Alicja was an active member of the Warwick Women's Careers Society joining as a Marketing Officer in her first-year and later that year elected a President. Alicja increased the sponsorship by 60% and membership by 65%. Ala co-founded and organised the UK's first student-led Women's Summit with five other female-focused societies. The proceeds from the tickets went to Baala Project and Women for Women International. The society was a finalist in the Milkround Best Society of the Year, UK-wide competition.
Alicja has devoted a significant amount of her time during her studies to working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds through a number of widening participation projects. These include working as a Senior Mentor in Coventry for the National Citizenship Service, delivering ‘Understanding the Justice System’ workshops in local schools and working as a Pathways to Law and ThinkHigher Ambassador with students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Alicja has also been involved in a significant number of fundraising and volunteering initiatives, as well as having successfully run a society and other projects. These include:
- Volunteering at weekly English conversation clubs in Coventry for Student Action for Refugees.
- Fundraising over £2500 for Warwick charitable projects.
- Securing a competitive keynote speaker for the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
- Presenting ICUR along with academic and administrative staff at the Warwick-Monash Alliance (WMA) anniversary.
- Alicja was promoted to Senior Ambassador following her work for Warwick Welcome Service since the very beginning of her degree.
Toby and Alicja will be presented with their awards at their graduation ceremony which has unfortunately been postponed due to Covid-19.
Congratulations to them both on this incredible achievement, it is very well deserved.