Bedfordshire’s Student Experience Awards: Student honoured for community work

Psychology Student awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Community Engagement Award

An initiative offering key life sessions to people who have struggled, or are struggling with, substance abuse has been recognised in the University of Bedfordshire’s Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience Awards 2020.

Laylah Walker-Ennis, a second year BSc Psychology, Counselling and Therapies student, was awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Community Engagement Award at Bedfordshire’s Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience Awards (21 May 2020) for her dedication to and development in the Enactus project.

This is an international non-profit organisation bringing together student, academic and business leaders who use entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Laylah is an active member of the project. She has dedicated her time to the development of an innovative project. Also, she has run key life sessions in partnership with Community Led Initiatives (CLI). This is a charity for people who have struggled, or are struggling with, substance abuse.

Speaking of winning the award, Laylah said:

“It was an honour to win this award and I am thankful for the support and encouragement from the Careers and Employability team that played a major role in helping develop my project idea for the Enactus society.

“Enactus provided me with the platform to demonstrate my passion to help others and I’m grateful for the recognition of my work in the community.”

The Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, recorded a video message for the award. She said:

“I have always had the upmost respect and affection for [the University of Bedfordshire] and I have never been prouder of how staff and students are reaching out in so many ways to support our sustain our communities.

“Laylah is a compassionate and genuine student who cares about making a different in the community. Her project has strengthened the relationship between local charities and the community. My sincere congratulations to you.

“My congratulations also to all those who have been nominated for awards today, you are all winners in my eyes, and I hope you will continue to excel in your studies. To the staff at the University of Bedfordshire, thank you for your expert and compassionate guidance to students which are entrusted to your care.”

The Lord Lieutenant Community Engagement Award is presented every year to recognise, promote and celebrate the work of individual students or groups of students who have made a tangible and outstanding contribution to communities within Bedfordshire and have advanced the mission and values of the University.

For the full list of winners from the Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience Awards 2020, please click here to visit the Awards page.