The University of Worcester encourages its students to ‘earn as they learn’ by combining their studies with part-time employment, but there can’t be many students who have worked quite as much, or quite as hard at university as Dina Tomas.
The University recognised the Marketing, Advertising and PR student’s talents early on, and during the course of her degree she has worked as a student ambassador, press officer, photographer and events co-ordinator, filling each role with distinction.
Dina went the extra mile to enhance her employability and skills through both part-time work and volunteering, which have been recognised by the Worcester Award, given for contribution to society and self-development, in the last year of her studies at the University.
This is made all the more impressive given the fact that, for Bulgarian Dina, English is a second language, and one of three which she speaks fluently.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Worcester as a student, thanks to both the enthusiastic and inspirational teaching as well as the friendly and supportive environment for home and international student alike,” Dina says.
“The University has given me access to knowledge and outstanding student facilities, including the rich collection of resources at The Hive. Furthermore, I’ve had the opportunities to enhance my portfolio with press, social media and photography projects related to national and international events at the University of Worcester Arena.
“Thanks to everything that I have learnt here, I managed to make a dream of mine come true and gain work experience as PR Assistant for Global Publicity, an award-winning PR agency, at EXIT music festival, one of Europe’s biggest festivals.
On graduation, Dina received two awards - the Robert Leaf Prize in Public Relations and the Nexus Creative Award for Outstanding Performance in Marketing, Advertising and PR.
She adds: “I’m still over the moon about winning the two awards. It certainly feels amazing to be rewarded and to know that my hard work has been recognised. This would not have been possible without the support and encouragement I have received from everyone that I have had the joy to learn from and work with at the University.”