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News in brief: Double recognition for university staff, students land Hallmark placements

In this week's News in Brief: Professor Paul in the School of Built Environment and Engineer celebrates new appointment, Business Systems Development Manager Tanja Lichtensteiger is shortlisted for national award and Cultural Studies and Humanities students win work placement at Hallmark.

Tanja Lichtensteiger

Tanja makes national technology awards shortlist

Tanja Lichtensteiger, Leeds Beckett’s Business Systems Development Manager, has been shortlisted for a national technology award.

The 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards celebrate the brightest individuals changing the face of technology in the UK and beyond.

Tanja has been shortlisted for the Team Leader Award, awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success and is leading a team of up to 100 employees.

This year's awards theme is "Inspiring Tomorrow's World", and aims to highlight the importance of encouraging women to study STEM subjects from a young age and motivating them to pursue fulfilling, long-term careers in tech. The number of women working in the technology sector currently remains at just 16 per cent.

Tanja is among 39 finalists who were handpicked from a record-breaking number of entries by a panel of the UK's most senior technology leaders.

Academic appointed to Board of Trustees for organisation providing humanitarian and emergency relief

Professor Paul

Professor Paul

A Leeds Beckett academic has been appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for an organisation which supports aid workers, non-government organisations and communities responding to humanitarian crises and disasters.

Professor Parneet Paul, Head of Civil Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Built Environment and Engineering, has taken up the position of Trustee for REDR UK.

Before becoming an academic, Professor Paul carried out several overseas assignments for the organisation and has been a REDR UK member since 1999.

He carried out projects focusing on installing water and sanitation technologies for developing countries in West Africa and South East Asia.

Professor Paul said: “As a former Oxfam Water and Sanitation Engineer who worked in the conflict zones of Sierra Leone, Liberia and East Timor, it is gratifying to get my prior field experience recognised so that I can now support the vital work that REDR UK does in developing countries that are undergoing humanitarian and emergency relief crises.

“As a Trustee, my role will involve careful oversight of the organisation in meeting its critical mission objectives.”

Students win work placement at greetings card company Hallmark

Creative writing workshop

Five Leeds Beckett students have been picked for a work placement at greetings card giant Hallmark.

The students, who were selected after impressing during a creative writing competition, will start their placements during their second semester, with any writing that is completed on the placement that goes onto live product will be paid for.

Hallmark initially attended a careers fair for the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities in September 2017, and returned to the university to complete the creative writing workshop in November.

Ben Robertson, careers consultant at Leeds Beckett, said: “This has been a hugely effective working partnership between Hallmark and students and academics at the university.

“The initial collaboration at the Careers Fair has resulted in this fantastic opportunity for five of our students – a real success story for the School.” 


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