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English and Psychology student, Richard Seymour, nominated for Student of the Year Award
English and Psychology student, Richard Seymour, has been nominated for the prestigious Neil and Gina Smith Student of the Year Award.
Richard is a mature student, arriving when he was 39 to study at Keele after a career as a journalist for 15 years.
Richard's final year research project saw him partner up with Staffordshire Housing to look for a prevention for loneliness in older adults by means of reading poetry in groups. This has proved so successful that Staffordshire Housing wish to expand the project to all of their housing schemes and as a result he has been volunteering on a weekly basis to facilitate what they now call their Poetry Corner.
Richard has worked with both Student Services and the Psychology department championing mature students and working to find ways to improve the experience of mature students at Keele. Richard helped to set up and run the mature student society which is still going strong and would regulary volunteer in the holidays to present at events or organise social events.
Richard has also worked as a Keele Mentor, winning the Above and Beyond mentor of the year award.