7 June 2013

Duke of Edinburgh gold for ACSE student

Ilya Karichev, a final year MEng student in the Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, has achieved a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the highest possible award level in this field. Accomplishing this feat requires persistence, commitment and personal development sustained over a period of eighteen months in a range of activities from five sections of a DofE programme. IIya received his golden badge from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at a presentation ceremony at St James Palace 15th May 2013.

Throughout his second year at college, Ilya worked towards his gold award by volunteering. He worked with V Sunderland in numerous different events such as charity bike rides, working with the environment, the elderly community and residential visits to Derwent Hill, the outdoor education centre. To encourage team building and individual skills Ilya completed a 4 day hike and was also a part of the Olympic torch relay in 2010, prior to the actual London Olympic torch relay.

Presenting IIya’s certificate was Brian Douds, an explorer who has reached both the South and North poles. Brian told the award holders “Take what you have learnt from the DofE, challenge yourself further and aspire to achieve your own ambitions!”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been running for over 53 years and is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. Please find more information from  http://www.dofe.org/

Photos: Ilya with his certificate and group photo of the awardees in Friary Court of St James palace