Staff and student award ceremony citations

Award Cermony - 24 May 2010


Samina Farooqi, PhD Student (Primatology) – School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Samina launched the children’s wildlife group,  Liverpool Liverbirds Wildlife Explorers Group for the RSPB as Main Group Leader, along with five assistants, in April 2009. Since then she has devoted 54 hours of volunteering work, sharing her knowledge and skills of animals, birds, nature and the environment.

Liverpool Liverbirds Wildlife Explorers is the junior membership of the RSPB helping children aged between 6 and 12, explore the wonders of nature, birds and wildlife and develop their passion for the environment and conservation. This is done by fun activities such as competitions, quizzes and puzzles. They engage mostly with children with learning difficulties and from deprived families

The group holds indoor and outdoor meetings once a month. The outdoor meetings are usually held in nature reserves or country parks where they arrange bird watching, nature walks and environmental games. The indoor meetings are held in St Mary’s Edge Hill Church. All the leaders are CRB checked and Samina and another leader are qualified First Aiders.

Following the establishment of the group in Merseyside they now get requests from other organizations and schools to do activities. For example, recently in March 2010 the group visited Calder Kids Adventure Playground, Liverpool Centre for Children with Learning Disabilities and spent the day there helping children make pine cone bird feeders, bird watching and other interactive activities. The children as well as the staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and they received a very good feedback from the project director.

The Wildlife Explorers organised the Big School Garden Bird Watch in Bishop Martin School in Woolton, in February 2010 and also the Dawn Chorus in May 2009 in Croxteth Country Park which was open for all Merseyside people.

With a team of very dedicated and enthusiastic leaders the Liverpool Liverbirds Wildlife Explorers now have their feet firmly on the ground.

Daniel Cooke, Gary Fitzpatrick, Luke McKenna, Sky Armstrong, LJMU Paramedic Students - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences

Daniel, Sky, Gary & Luke formed, managed and organised the world’s first international exchange programme for Paramedics. The aim of the exchange is to work interprofessionally with other services in order to undertake thorough, unique and pioneering research to enhance the Paramedic profession and pre-hospital care delivered to patients.

The Exchange has had a hugely successful response and since September 2008 there have been two successful exchanges between LJMU and Centennial College, Toronto.

As this is student lead, the drive and enthusiasm of the students has been the lead factor in making this programme a success. In time the research into various pre-hospital care topics will not only standardise patient care globally but also enhance the level of care given to the patient.

The students have acted as ambassadors for LJMU at formal meetings with the City of Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Strategic Health Authority management, Department of Health Management and more recently meeting the Health Minister in Canada.


Aldham Robarts Learning Resource Centre Student Administration Team:
Christine Burns, Jane Clarke, Colette Donoghue, Amanda Greening, Jenny Larkin, Sonia Li, Victoria McKay, Pauline Medlicott, Carolyn Monks, Tracey Pimblett, Sam Randles, Kathryn Reynolds, Julie Robinson, Karen Shan, Pauline Wilson

The Aldham Robarts Student Administration Team has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the last few years. Since November they have raised money for :

Asda’s Breast Cancer Charity: Tickled Pink by holding a "come dine with me style" cake sale.
BBC Children in Need: staff went to hotels and restaurants to secure prizes for the auction including a meal for two at the Malmaison Hotel.
British Heart Foundation: staff had a swishing party and charged admission.
Sport Relief: three members of staff ran 3 miles for the charity.

The team are always looking for charities to sponsor and will soon be taking part in a midnight walk for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, as one of the team members has given up smoking. The team also try to get as many students and other members of staff involved in their charitable fundraising.

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