Four University of Ulster students are celebrating their success at this year’s Science Shop Awards at the University of Ulster.
Sharing first prize were Lance Wilson, Sam Forson and Adam Williamson from the UU’s Coleraine campus who undertook a project with Pavestone, a Vocational and Leisure Rehabilitation Centre in Coleraine.
The students developed an online web resource for Pavestone’s bespoke crafts business, allowing the social enterprise to tap into new web based customers through e-commerce technology.
Rhoda Baxter, director of Pavestone said: “This is an excellent way for the university to liaise with the community sector providing access to keen, knowledgeable and skilled students.”
The fourth student, Rozeanne McCabe, from Derrylin in Co Fermanagh, who is reading for a degree in Social Policy, won an award for a project with Fermanagh Women’s Aid exploring the barriers faced by women in rural and semi- rural areas when seeking help for domestic violence.
“I found that factors such as isolation, lack of transport, lack of information were all major barriers to women in Fermanagh seeking support on domestic violence issues. I hope my work will be of value to Fermanagh Women’s Aid in helping them get additional resources to do their valuable work,” said Rozeanne.
Kerry Flood, strategic development worker for Fermanagh Women’s Aid, said Rozeanne’s work had already made a big difference: “Through Rozeanne’s work we have already been able to serure €56,000 from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin – the first time we’ve ever been funded by a southern body.”
And Rozeanne’s project could unlock more funding for the charity: her work underpins an application for £120,000 from the UK’s Comic Relief to help the charity’s childcare team, and was part of of an application for £500,000 to the Big Lottery Fund, for an initiative focused on the needs of older people in relation to domestic violence. They hope to hear the result of their application in the New Year.