Date: 24th Mar 2016
An HR Business Partner at the Chartered Institute of Building has won the Chiltern Student of the Year award for her degree at Buckinghamshire New University.
Sarah Dives was awarded the accolade by the Chiltern branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which accredits the Master's qualification in Human Resource Management, for achieving the highest marks throughout her course.
The ambitious graduate progressed from HR Assistant to Business Partner during her degree and achieved a distinction in every piece of work and exam, as well as the highest mark for her dissertation, called 'A Generation Game: The Impact of Generation on Employee Engagement'.
Sarah was sponsored through her qualification by the Chartered Institute of Building.
She said: "I was thrilled to win the award. I'm really proud of what I've achieved during my studies, and it's a great way to celebrate the end of two and a half years of hard work - particularly given the high standards I set for myself! I work for a Chartered body myself which makes it very satisfying to receive an award from the Chiltern branch of the CIPD on top of my qualification.
"It's a tremendous recognition of what I've been able to achieve during my studies and a great addition to my CV. I also feel it's a way for me to demonstrate the commitment I have to my field of work and to ensuring that I am able to deliver to the best of my abilities.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bucks New University. The course has been challenging but we had a brilliant team of lecturers who really understood the pressures of undertaking postgraduate study while working full time. They really helped us get the most out of the course and also to apply what we were learning to our roles."
Tejal Fatania, Course Leader for the Master's in Human Resource Management, said: "Sarah was an exceptional student throughout the course and has achieved an outstanding set of results. I am delighted that Sarah has been recognised with this CIPD award."
Dorothy Smith, Learning & Development Consultant at the CIPD, added: "It was a pleasure to present the award to Sarah. In achieving this award Sarah reached the highest standards for a qualification which tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours of those taking it, and who show high levels of dedication to their personal development whilst balancing work, home and study."
Picture captions: Sarah Dives with her CIPD Student of the Year certificate and with Tejal Fatania (left) and Dorothy Smith.