Ella Crowther, who graduated from our University this summer with a BA (Hons) degree in Events Management, has been awarded the Spark Thinking Student of the Year award.


Spark Thinking is an Ashfield Meetings & Events agency who presented Ella with her prize following her recent graduation. Our University appointed Spark Thinking as our live event support agency in 2014, with the company producing our graduation ceremonies from 2015.

Ella commented: “During my first induction lecture at the university I remember the lecturers sharing an image of the highest academic achiever at that year’s graduation ceremony. I remember thinking to myself what an accolade it would be to receive the award but never dreamed it would be me. I am so very grateful for all of the help I have received throughout the duration of my degree from lecturers, friends and family. I would also like to express my gratitude to Spark Thinking for sponsoring the ‘Student Of The Year’ award. It is exciting to launch my career with all of this experience and support behind me”.

James Musgrave, Events Management Course Leader, said: "Ella was chosen because of her engagement with the course and her commitment to the Events Industry. Her ability to build relationships has been key in her career so far and this is supported well be her outstanding academic achievement. We wish Ella all the very best.”

Luke Flett, Global Marketing Manager at Spark Thinking, added:  “As an agency we think it is important to reward and recognise the bright sparks of tomorrow. University graduates are the next generation of thinkers, leaders and doers and will face a complex and challenging future. We are keen to encourage any initiatives that supports talented and enthusiastic individuals and allows them to showcase the new types of value and fresh thinking they can bring to our industry. We are confident that Ella has a glowing career ahead of her. As part of her four year degree she undertook a placement year with the specialist events venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue, so she is already well versed with the intricacies of our sector.”