Leeds wins "Students in Free Enterprise" awards

Students from the Leeds Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team have received a national award for their volunteering activities last month, and the University won the SIFE Community Engagement Award.

Leeds student volunteers won the "most improved team" award at the SIFE UK 2011 National Competition awards ceremony, held at the Britannia International Hotel, Canary Wharf in April.  The 25 students involved impressed the judges by the efficient and effective way in which they obtained finance and got their projects up and running, and by the expansion of their activities both locally and internationally, with a successful project to establish mushroom farms in Ghana.

The University itself also received recognition at the awards ceremony, winning the Community Engagement Award, sponsored by Volunteering England, for its strong institutional commitment to community work and volunteering.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, who collected the award on behalf of the University, said, "These are fantastic achievements, and the SIFE projects, aimed at improving lives in both local and international communities, are very much in the spirit of LeedsforLife."

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