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Undergraduate of the Year is awarded to Katherine Blumer

9 July 2018

Music student, Katherine Blumer won the Undergraduate of the Year award in the recent Distinguished Achievement Awards 2018.

President and Vice Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell shaking hands with music student Katherine Blumer.
President and Vice Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell with music student Katherine Blumer.

The award is made on the recommendation of staff and students within the University, in recognition of outstanding performances and exceptional contribution to the life of the University.

Katherine Blumer was chosen as the Faculty of Humanities nominee for the Undergraduate of the Year Award and was presented with the prize by President and Vice Chancellor, Nancy Rothwell.

Katherine, who is a student on the prestigious Joint Music course at the University and the Royal Northern College of Music, has achieved outstanding academic results. Katherine has also made a major contribution to musical performances at the University, including as a concerto soloist. She has been an exemplary ambassador for the University as co-leader of the Music Society’s Outreach Team and through her leadership of the Klezmer ensemble, organising and participating in major events for local schoolchildren, hospital patients, groups of elderly people, and members of Manchester’s Jewish community. Katherine has combined all of this with being an outstanding mentor for fellow student volunteers.

On winning the award, Katherine said:

"I am very excited to have been awarded one of the prizes for this year. Being at Manchester has been a wonderful experience and I feel very lucky to have met and worked with so many lovely people at The University of Manchester and wider community, particularly through working in the Music Society’s outreach team and other Manchester-based participatory music charities. It has been a busy but very enjoyable four years, and I wouldn't have changed a thing."

The annual Distinguished Achievement Awards Ceremony took place in the Whitworth Hall on 29 June 2018. 

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