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Salford student recognised at Network Rail National Awards

Thursday 18 December 2014
Mark Wilson, LNW Senior HR Business Partner presents Amelia Fallows with the Best Newcomer runners-up award at the Network rail GRAFTAS.

Final year Tourism Management with Professional Experience student, Amelia Fallows, was last week recognised as one of Network Rail’s best newcomers at a National awards ceremony.

Amelia was one of three people from Network Rail’s London North West Route team to be nominated and shortlisted for the Best Newcomer award at the GRAFTAS, following a successful placement year with the company. On the night Amelia was awarded the runner up prize.

The GRAFTAS are annual Network Rail awards that are used to recognise the contribution of employees to their route. All Network Rail employees are eligible to be nominated for the 10 different award categories.  Network Rail route directors then shortlist a number of outstanding employees for each award and, finally, choose the winner. Award categories include; unsung hero/heroine, innovation, safety, charity contribution, partnership and leadership, as well as best newcomer. 

This year, 250 people were nominated for awards out of 6500 employees and only 3 people were shortlisted for each award, highlighting the scale of Amelia’s achievement.  Amelia was nominated for the best newcomer award by the project manager she worked with whilst on placement. 

Speaking after receiving her award Amelia said: “I’m so honoured to have been recognised by Network Rail and in particular, my former project manager who nominated me for this award.  Placement students are rarely nominated for these national awards, which makes this even more special for me.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the company on the Graduate Scheme in September and continuing to work with some of the brilliant people I met while on placement.”

Amelia’s placement co-coordinator, Chris Procter, added: “Amelia is an outstanding student now in her final year at Salford Business School and I’m delighted she has been given this award by Network Rail for her work while on placement.  Her hard work has paid off and we’re delighted she has also won a place on Network Rail’s highly competitive Graduate Scheme.

“Everyone who has worked with Amelia in the Business School is proud of her achievements and looks forward to seeing what she does in the future.”