Dan’s award for work with the community

Dan Pothecary and Mayor Alan Roberts
Dan Pothecary and Mayor Alan Roberts

A STUDENT has won an award for his work in the community.

Dan Pothecary, who is in his second year studying education and English literature at the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus, was presented with a Hastings Youth Award from Mayor Alan Roberts.

He was nominated by Lorraine Roberts, campus student support and guidance tutor.

She said: “As a widening participation student ambassador at the campus, Dan goes into schools and colleges and speaks to pupils who may never have considered university as an option, and he recently worked on a project to encourage primary school boys to read.

“Dan is now a committee member of the Friends of Warrior Square with responsibility for integration of university students in Hastings and the surrounding area. He liaises closely with the residents and council leader Jeremy Birch to enable issues regarding student transition to be addressed as soon as possible.

“Dan and the Friends planned a series of events for new students arriving this autumn to enable the community and students to meet from the start of the academic year. He works tirelessly on the New Student Facebook and helped students from outside the area feel comfortable with the town prior to starting at the campus.

“He continues to do much great work for students and in promoting Hastings as a great place to study.”

Dan said: “I enjoy working with the community but this award was quite a surprise. I’m pleased and proud.”

The student won the accolade at a ceremony, held at the White Rock Theatre and organised by the Youth Council, Hastings Borough Council and Hastings Interfaith Forum.

Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for community services, said: “This was a brilliant event bringing together many young people to reward them for their creativity and efforts within their local communities. Awards were given to 11 individuals and 15 groups during the celebration. Congratulations to them all.”