SUNDERLAND university students are celebrating after landing prizes after their graduation.
Representatives from Sunderland’s Grundfos factory and Gateshead’s Aspire Technology met with the students before watching them graduate at the Stadium of Light.
James Renwick, 22, from Sunderland, won the Aspire Technology Prize for Best BSc Business Computing Student, and James Headley, 21, from High Heaton in Newcastle, won the Grundfos Engineering Project prize.
Both winners will also receive a cash prize from the sponsors.
James said: “It was a surprise to find out I’d won the award.
“I really wasn’t expecting it at all, especially as there’s more than 40 final-year students on my course, so there was stiff competition.
“It’s an honour to receive recognition for all the hard work over the last three years and I’m really excited about my future, as I’ll be starting my first graduate job later this month as a web developer.”
James said: “It’s a privilege to have won the award and it’s completely unexpected.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at university and I’m now hoping to kick-start my career in the automotive industry. I’ve always had a passion for cars. This award will look great on my CV for future job prospects.”
Engineering manager at Grundfos, John Austin, said: “Grundfos are a Sunderland company and we’ve been on Wearside since the seventies, so it’s important for us to have close links with the University and to support their students.
“By winning the award, James has proven he possesses a real talent in engineering.”