University Career Consultant wins national award recognition.

Posted on 9th October 2018

A career consultant at the University of Chester has achieved recognition from the national body for higher education student career development.

Peter Shelston (right) with David Winter, the AGCAS Learning Director and Head of Research and Organisation Development at The Careers Group, University of London.
Peter Shelston (right) with David Winter, the AGCAS Learning Director and Head of Research and Organisation Development at The Careers Group, University of London.

Peter Shelston has won the John Roberts Memorial Prize at the AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) Awards for Excellence.

AGCAS is the expert membership organisation for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals. The AGCAS Awards for Excellence encourage, reward and share good practice amongst HE careers and employability practitioners, and their partner organisations.

The John Roberts Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the best student on the AGCAS/ Warwick Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education (CEIGHE) qualifications, in recognition of their outstanding achievement. Peter has been studying for a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education. He was selected by Dr Phil McCash, the CEIGHE course director at The University of Warwick. 

The originality of critical thinking in his work, his creativity in practice, and the fact that he got distinctions in all of his modules were all noted in support of his achievement. Peter was also described as ‘an all-round nice guy’.

Peter said: “I have worked as a Career Consultant in the Careers and Employability Department at the University of Chester for just under two years. This year, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma, and I was pleased that I was able to complete all of the modules with distinctions. I thoroughly enjoyed taking the course and it has definitely improved how I work as a career practitioner. I have also had the opportunity to share my learning with colleagues.

“I felt both shocked and very honoured to be presented with the prize, as I had no idea that I was even in the running for it!”

Rebecca Nethercott, Career Consultant Team Leader in Careers and Employability at the University of Chester, said: “We are extremely pleased that Peter’s work in university careers education has been celebrated in this way. This award is so well deserved, and great recognition for Peter, for his diligent work with students, for the Team in Careers and Employability, and for the wider University.”