Academic Award for Computing students

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The Worcestershire Association of Women Graduates reached a new stage in their history when the Carol Pugh Award for Excellence was presented at the University of Worcester Business School on 9th October.

WAWG is the local branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates which promotes women's opportunities in education and public life and works as part of an international organisation to improve the lives of women and girls.

Carol Pugh was a former teacher of mathematics, governor of Bishop Perowne School and President of WAWG who tragically died before her time. In her memory this annual award of £200 was created to be given to a woman who has achieved excellence in the first year of her degree studies. Such was the standard of excellence in the work of this year's female students that the award was shared between two, Lorraine Butler and Sophie Langford.

Sophie, an IT for Education student from Wednesbury, Wet Midlands, said: “I was so shocked but at the same time extremely pleased to have won the award. I had really tried hard to make my presentation more engaging and was so pleased when John Price, my lecturer in Computing, told me I had won the award. It was such a privilege to be one of the first people to have won this award!”

The presentation took place in the Board Room of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary, the actual room where the British Medical Association was founded under the leadership of Sir Charles Hastings. We hope this event will raise the profile of both the Worcester Business School and the British Federation of Women Graduates.


Photo : Past , present and future Presidents of WAWG with one of the winners of the Carol Pugh Award.(Left to right: Angela Poppleton, Vivien Greenow, Lorraine Butler, Anne-Marie Robinson and Liz Rickard)