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Prize sees York St John students head to Seville

York St John Business School students win prize to fund research tripTwo York St John University Business School students are swapping the chilly Yorkshire winter for sunny southern Spain after winning a cash prize from York’s Guild of Scriveners that will fund their international tourism research project.

The two third year students, Rachel Irvin and Helen Wheat, were in a competition for the £250 prize, which was awarded by the Scriveners Guild this week.  They will use their prize money to fund a trip to Seville, where York St John Business School has close links with both the University and the City, and they will undertake research that will contribute to their dissertations on international tourism.

Master of the Guild of Scriveners, Ian Wolstencroft, presented the prize to the winning students this week.  He said Rachael and Helen’s application showed how their case study would be a direct benefit to business and tourism in York which is what made their entry stand out.  He said:

“Rachael and Helen’s is an impressive application and represents an excellent academic approach to research which will also be relevant to the local business community and to our understanding of international tourism.  The judging panel were unanimously impressed.”

This is the second year of the competition, which was established to enable students to conduct a short international case study with application to the business community in York.  The competition is open to students studying on BA Business Management programmes in the York St John University Business School. Students were invited to submit a 1,000 word proposal detailing the international experience they would like to undertake and how they saw that experience might benefit the business community of York. 

Business School Dean, Jackie Mathers, said: “This competition has delivered fantastic results for the students involved over the last two years.  It is also helping cement our international links with the University of Seville, which is a vital part of our strategy for continued growth.”

For further information please contact Karen Nixon on T: 01904 610077 or Amy Hey, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hey@yorksj.ac.uk

Picture shows (L-R) Winning student - Helen Wheat, Dr Steve Watson from the Business School, Jackie Mathers - Business School Dean, Master of the Guild of Scriveners - Ian Wolstencroft and Rachel Irvin – winning student.