It’s official – BU students rock!


Students from Bournemouth University shone at the Rock Star Awards, picking up several accolades.

The Awards, organised by Rock Recruitment Specialists, recognise outstanding young employees, students and entrepreneurs in Dorset aged between 16 and 26.

BU students picked up three of the six awards during a ceremony at the Royal Bath Hotel, in front of more than 200 people from Dorset’s business community.

Kamron Arasteh, who is in his final year of a BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology degree at BU, picked up the Student Star of the Future Award, which was sponsored by Bournemouth University.

Kamron, 22, is on course to graduate with a first class honours degree, and has taken on a number of freelance projects while studying – including building websites for Best Fit car garage and Universal Catering Supplies.

“It felt amazing to win the award,” said Kamron, who lives in Poole and also provided specialist technical support to the Weymouth and Portland sailing venues during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The awards evening at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth was a really enjoyable experience.

“Winning the award just showed that the 4 years of hard work was really worth it. I have always strived to achieve at university, which has led me to work for Xerox, London 2012 Olympics and Kingfisher plc and this is only the start.

He added:”Bournemouth University has taught me so much and enabled me to take these opportunities and hopefully allow me to start a successful career in the IT industry.”

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism student Natalie Morris was named winner of the Fire Radio Media Star of the Future, which was sponsored by the local radio station.

Natalie, 22, of Ensbury Park, impressed the judges with her confidence and a variety of media experience and placements.

Aspiring writer and broadcaster Natalie, who is in the final year of her degree, said: “I feel privileged to have won the award and I am extremely grateful towards the judges who selected me.

“I have worked extremely hard over the past 3 years at university and have built up a varied CV, including a month’s work placement at BBC Crimewatch, The Sun TV Magazine, North One Television at Fifth Gear, Hope FM and BBC 5 Live.

“I interviewed Daniel Craig on Radio 1 and was also interviewed on Greg James’ radio show.”

Second year BA (Hons) Events Management student Nicolle Chainey won the Rising Star of the Future Award, sponsored by Ageas 50.

Nicolle, 21, combines studying for her degree with working as an Assistant Wedding and Event Planner at Bellissimo Weddings & Events, based in Bournemouth.

She was nominated by Melanie Kiani, Director of Bellissimo Weddings & Events, for the award, which recognises achievements in the early career stages.

Angela Fletcher, Managing Director at Rock Recruitment, created the awards. She said: “Meeting these people at the start of their careers, who have already accomplished many things and have clear ideas of what they want to achieve, has impressed and inspired me”