ダラム大学チームはこの名誉あるthe Morgan Stanley University Community Impact Challenge (UCIC)賞を勝ち取っただけでなく、障害を持った若者を支援するチャリティへの贈呈基金5000ポンドを獲得しました。
The challenge, which brought the eight Durham students together for the first time for seven weeks’ detailed preparation work, aims to strengthen links between universities and their local communities.
Victoria Cawkwell, Placement Officer in Durham University’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC), worked closely with the various partners to help identify a charity that met the criteria and to develop an impactful project that ensured the Durham team could make a tangible difference to the community.
The University worked with Durham Area Disability Leisure Group (DADLG), based in Durham City, which provides sports, leisure and social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities living in and around the city.
The charity asked the students to explore the feasibility of establishing a service focusing on helping young adults with disabilities into employment.
Mrs Cawkwell said: “The Durham team is an asset to the University; they demonstrated teamwork, leadership, problem solving and commercial awareness. The charity partner, DADLG was incredibly supportive and a real ally of the students.
“We were very pleased to be chosen as one of the University partners for 2012 – we were obviously even more delighted with the outcome and believe the benefits to the students involved are immeasurable.”
Teams of students from Bristol, Exeter, Glasgow, Manchester, LSE and UCL were pitted against each other, pitching their project ideas to a panel of judges shortly before Christmas.
The Durham team was made up of Deepesh Patel, 20, Alison Robb, 19, Laura Harrisson 21, Jonathan Shevlane, 20, Jennifer Chan, 19, Frederic Chen, 22, Kobe Chow, 19 and Andrea Jesudason, 20 [ALL CORRECT]. They have all won themselves an insight day at Morgan Stanley later this year which will conclude with a dinner with senior management.
Team captain Deepesh Patel, a final year Natural Sciences student at Collingwood College, said: “From the onset, our team was keen to take on this project because we wanted to make a real, long-term difference in our local community. By spending a lot of time with the charity and its members, we came to understand what the charity needed, and this really helped us come up with solutions which would have an impact and be sustainable.”
The students came up with detailed recommendations, from ways to help people make better use of existing services provided by other charities and Durham County Council, to ideas for stronger links with various projects within Durham University.
Mr Patel said he hoped recommendations made as part of the challenge would be implemented early this year, while links between DADLG and Durham University would continue to be strengthened and developed.
DADLG project coordinator Andrea Otty said: “It has been a delight to have worked alongside such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people. The commitment they have shown towards this project is both refreshing and inspiring.
“We have gained a great deal from the experience and I’m certain that the research they have undertaken on our behalf will have a positive and lasting influence on the future direction and service provision of Durham Area Disability Leisure Group.”
Goran Trapp, a managing director at Morgan Stanley and chair of the UCIC, said: “Morgan Stanley has a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we work and live, and the University Community Impact Challenge is all about expanding that principle.
“The Durham University team’s partnership with DADLG is an outstanding example of how to make a real difference to the community. The team’s solution to the issues facing DADLG is creative, effective and impactful, and the judges were very impressed by the commitment with which the team tackled the project.”