Read about Keele's Students of the Year:

2017: Steph Lonsdale

2016: Adrian Craig

2015: Jaimie Marshall

2014: Nicola Edwards

2013: Lauren Gallimore

2012: Andreas Steffensen

2011: Amy Chapman

2010: Darrell Simkins

2009: Sam Creavin

2008: Rachel Wiggett

2007: Suzy Stokes

2006: Heather Phillips

2016/17 Student Of The Year Finalists

Jack Tacchi

SOTY-Jack Tacchi

Jack currently studies Computer Science and Psychology.

Jack’s final year project covers the fields of Artificial Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life to name a few.  This has involved Jack having to quickly learn new programming skills and concepts in a short space of time.  Jack has not only achieved this but his piece of work is expected to be of publishable standard.

Complementing this, Jack is also the student academic representative (StAR) for both of his subjects, a Student Mentor and Senior Mentor for the School of Computing ensuring new students feel welcomed and settled in.

Jack teaches young children aged 9-11 in Code Club at the local Library.  Jack was the Libraries first registered volunteer and has been instrumental in encouraging other Keele student to volunteer in this role which has seen an increase in young children now using the library.

Jack also makes contributions to sport at Keele and is the current captain of Keele Judo Club.  As well as an active member of the club himself, he has established and teaches lessons for visually impaired students.  

Anne Gahart

SOTY Anne Gahart

Anne is an International student currently studying Computer Science and International Relations.  Coming to Keele was not only Anne’s first time in the UK but her first time she had left her country.

Anne has represented both of her subjects as the student academic representative (StAR) as well as School Lead StAR for the School of Computing and Maths.  Anne was one of the initiators of the reorganisation of the Computer Science student society, Hack Keele.  Under her leadership the society has gained a new brand and energy and provides an exciting and inviting activity programme to students.

Anne has spent a summer placement at the White House working at the Executive Office of the President under the Office of Administration in White House IT as a Digital Solutions Intern.  Currently under the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service programme, Anne has also been interning remotely for NASA on their Virtual Collaboration team.

Closer to home Anne works on the IT Service Desk as an IT Connect Assistant and as a Digital Ambassador in the Marketing Team.  She also represents the School of Computing on Open and Offer Holder Days as a Student Ambassador.

Stacey Lyons

 SOTY Stacey Lyons

Stacey currently studies Educational Studies and Psychology and has been accepted onto a Masters in Educational Psychology at Oxford University.

Stacey has conducted her final year project on the barriers to learning for students with visual impairment and has successfully recruited around 75 university students with visual impairments from across the UK.  This is one of the first research projects conducted in this area using quantitative methods and hopes the project will help to inform best practice for these learners in the future.

During her second year at Keele Stacey was matched with a Guide Dog and shortly afterwards founded the Keele Guide Dog Society.  Having researched animal-assisted therapy in America, Stacey broached Guide Dogs with the idea of running a Keele puppy room as part of Exam Plus.  The charity along with the Student Union supported Stacey in making this a reality and now over 300 students attend this regular event each semester.

Stacey also provides online counselling of young people for an anonymised charity, conducts mentoring in schools as well as assisting with one of the Foundation Year modules at Keele on Visual Impairment.  

Stacey has also set up and organised Disability Sport at Keele.