Two students were the recipients of special awards on

graduation day for their high performance during the third

year of their course.


JMU Journalism’s Website Producer Hugh O’Connell and

Sports Editor Luke Johnson each received a prize after the

graduation ceremony.


Hugh was given the Neil Warburton award for achieving the

highest overall grade across the three years. This prize was

established in 2000 in memory of a student who passed away

whilst studying on the course. A £100 bursary is provided by

the Warburton family.


Hugh said: “Thank you very much for this and thanks to Neil

Warburton’s parents. I’ve had an amazing three years - I

couldn’t have done it without all of you people here and of

course my mum Bernie, my dad Fergus and my sister Ferga.”


Luke Johnson received the Margaret Fairclough prize, which is

awarded for high standards of sub-editing during final project.


He said: “It was entirely based on my final project, the

magazine I did on alternative sports. I kind of went overboard,

it was a 16 page minimum and I ended up doing 100!”


A £250 bursary is provided by Lynne Beardwood, who donates

four such amounts to students at the university.


Other extra award-winners on the day included Danny Masters

and Amy Swift, who were acknowledged for completing 100 words-per-minute NCTJ shorthand, a notoriously difficult exam to pass.


Chloe Garfoot was also recognised for undertaking the best research project for her dissertation, which studied the Night Crime Unit of Merseyside Police.


Graduation 2010: awards for top students

By Chris Shaw, Website Editor

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Professor Chris Frost with winners Hugh O'Connell (left) and Chloe Garfoot (right); Luke Johnson (centre)

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Amy Swift & Danny Masters passed the 100 w.p.m. NCTJ Shorthand exam



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