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UEL residential life scholar Maddison Carne wins industry award

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Maddison is recognised with a 2019 CUBO RA Award

Maddison Carne, a senior residential life scholar at the University of East London (UEL), has won a 2019 CUBO RA Award.  

Maddison was recognised for helping create the University’s Residential Life Scholar Volunteer Scheme, which provides volunteer opportunities for students who live in UEL’s residence halls. It has been successful in bringing together students, residence life assistants (RAs), scholars and residential services staff to do good work in the community. 

Maddison’s work on the scheme was fundamental to its success. She created the volunteer job descriptions and specifications, developed questions for the job applications, and successfully marketed the campaign. The volume of interest exceeded all expectations. 

The scheme has had a positive impact on residential life at the University of East London, generating conversations centred on improving life for students in residence halls. 

The trophy was presented to Maddison at the CUBO (College and University Business Officers) RA Awards ceremony on 7 May at Burleigh Court in Loughborough. 

Maddison said, “It was such an honour to have even been nominated for this award. I am very proud that my work over the last two years as a residential life scholar has been recognised, as my intention was always to make our campus a better place to live.”

The CUBO RA Awards recognise exceptional achievement and best practice in university campus services and facilities in the UK and Ireland. Residence assistants like Maddison carry out critical work in helping students to adapt to student life away from home.  They play a key role in helping to develop a successful and harmonious living and learning community. 

Cienna Simmie, residential life manager at UEL was also recognised for her contribution to creating a positive experience of campus life at the University.  She appeared in the shortlist for Residence Life New Professional of the Year 2019. 

Nicole Redman, director of student and academic services at UEL said, “These accolades are a testament to the hard work and professionalism of Maddison, Cienna and the whole Residential Life and Residential Scholar Team. 

“They have been through a transformative journey and have worked innovatively and passionately to drive positive change across the residential experience, and improve the halls of residence.  

“Their commitment ensures our residential students settle in, and feel engaged with our UEL community, and that their living experience supports their academic success and personal and social growth.”

Maddison is also the lead scholar for welfare checks. She supports students when they need it most and has become a ‘buddy’ to vulnerable and homesick students.