Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Worldwide prize for college student

A Swansea College student has been awarded the top worldwide prize for her 'Marketing Research and Information' module.

Karleigh Davies, who has just completed a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing at the Tycoch campus, was stunned to receive the news via a telephone call from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, when it was explained to her that she had achieved the highest mark of all the students across the world who had completed the module this year.

"I couldn't believe it...I thought it was a joke," says Karleigh, who works as a Tourism Development Officer for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. "I'm now looking forward to attending the official ceremony in Birmingham in November. It is great to hear that my hard work has paid off, it is all very exciting."

"I'm absolutely delighted that Karleigh has been given this well deserved recognition by the CIM," says tutor Michelle Corker. "Karleigh was a pleasure to teach, an exceptional student who demonstrated an outstanding performance throughout the duration of the qualification."

"We are so proud of Karleigh and her achievement," adds Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council. "Tourism is becoming an increasingly important aspect of economic development in the County Borough and having staff of Karleigh's ability working to promote our many hidden treasures is a real bonus. We are proud to have her as a member of staff who has a bright future within the authority - congratulations Karleigh and well done!"

"A qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing will hold students in good stead as they develop and progress their careers," says Mark Stuart, CIM's Head of Research. "Karleigh has shown that with a mixture of hard work, intelligence and analytical thinking, impressive results are possible. It's a credit to her, and also her college tutor, that the hard work has paid off. Karleigh is to be congratulated on her impressive achievement and we wish her luck in her future career."

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