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History Society recognised for promoting work experience

HISTORY SOCIETYUniversity of Warwick History Society is celebrating after picking up an award for Best University Society at The National Placement and Internship Awards. The awards, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, recognise the work done by employers, universities and students on undergraduate work placements and internships.

Warwick’s History Society beat competition from over 200 nominees to take home the award, in recognition of the society’s work towards providing opportunities for work experience and skills development for their members. Commended on their uniqueness of approach and unusual links with employers such as Teach First, the Society received a £1000 prize for future society activities.

The judges said:

Work experience was woven through their nomination and was demonstrated as a fundamental part of value to current members and tactic to continually attract new members. The acquisition of support already will help the society, which follows a course that traditionally doesn't lead you into a particular line of work, will hopefully ensure employers looks to a broader range of candidates.

Katya Higham-Stoianova, President of the History Society, welcomed the award, commenting:

The opportunities that we provide for improving skills of all kinds in a variety of different ways set us above our competitors and made us individual. We would like to thank all the Society Exec and Warwick SU for all their hard work towards the society. We would also like to thank our sponsors who made it all possible and of course our members who make the society such a success!

Pictured here are, from left to right: Steve Backley (GB Olympic medalist), Lizzie Brock (RateMyPlacement rep), Morgan Stanley rep (award sponsor), Katya Higham-Stoianova (President 2011-12) and Zara Christmas (Social Secretary 2011-12).