Bob Friend Scholarship 2012

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Winner of the 2012 Sky News Bob Friend Scholarship, presented by Alex Crawford.

Awarded for academic and professional excellence in journalism and giving four weeks work experience at Sky News as well as paying tuition fees.

Selected from a pool of applicants after presenting a 24 hour story treatment for Sky News, sitting entrance tests and attending a panel interview with representatives from Sky.


NUS Student Journalist of the Year


Awarded Runner Up, NUS Student Journalist of the Year 2015.

Helen Baxter: Endsleigh “Jem has shown she can tackle controversial issues not just for students but for the wider population.

“Her hard work has ensured she is delivering a sustainable model for the future of the paper showing that she looks beyond personal reward and recognition”

Matt Charles, Nominator: “She has demonstrated an incomparable dedication to student media and improving the lives of students at Medway.

She has consistently championed accountability journalism, giving real results, from the university and union and her journalism has an unprecedented national reach, with a reputation for breaking stories first.”


Best Reporter, Student Publication Association


Awarded Highly Commended in the Best Reporter Category of the Student Publication Association Awards 2014, judged by Nick Petrie, Deputy Head of News Development at The Times.

“Jem’s reporting for the Medwire has spanned a wide range of topics and shown her to be an accomplished reporter with a clear understanding of issues that matter to students.

Being a good reporter requires mastering a wide variety of skills beyond producing clean concise copy. Jem has demonstrated a keen eye for a story, submitting FOI requests to source information as well as being able to handle sensitive issues, such as a death within the student community.”

Outstanding Contribution to Media 2014


Winner of Outstanding Contribution to Media Category of Kent Student Awards 2014 for my work re-launching the Medwire and campaigning.

Was selected from a pool of more than 100 applications by a judging panel of university and union heads.

Received a cash prize of £400.


Outstanding Commitment, Student Publications Awards


Awarded the Outstanding Commitment Category in the Student Publication Association 2014 Awards, judged by James Thornhill of the National Student.

“While every entry featured someone who had showed dedication to their roles, with many going above and beyond one entrant stood out.

“Jem Collins’ commitment has been outstanding for her publication Medwire not just in her expected roles as Editor – improving the output, production and running massively she has taken on every roles to ensure the title continues.

“Taking on the financial and business aspects of a publication as well as ensure the editorial processes run smoothly is no mean feat. Jem essentially proved herself to be a one-woman publishing team.

“Few people are willing to put this amount of effort and show this kind of commitment to a volunteer position and Jem deserves to be commended for her work.”

50th Anniversary Scholarship (Paris) 2014

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Only student at the University of Kent to be awarded two 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

Scholarship allowed me to spend two weeks studying in Kent’s Paris centre focusing on literature and the arts.

This course was also worth 10 credits.

Employability Points Highest Points Award 2014

Jemma-Collins-Filming-BlogOne of six winners of the ‘Employability Points’ scheme at the University of Kent.

The scheme rewarded students with points for activities which would help them gain experience to prepare them for a future career.

I was awarded with a cash prize as well as two paid jobs filming promotional videos with local companies EMIR and Romney Marsh Wools.

50th Anniversary Scholarship (Brussels) 2013

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Awarded a 50th Anniversary Scholarship from the University of Kent for academic merit and contribution to the University.

This scholarship allowed me to spend two weeks studying politics and international relations fully funded at Brussels School of International Studies.

Campaign of the Year 2014


Winner of Campaign of the Year at the Kent Union Awards 2014, after leading the Medway Sexual Health Campaign.

The campaign secured a grants and working partnerships with councils, charities and university groups to help educate people about the sexual health services available to them across a whole fortnight.

This was supplemented by high quality news coverage, research and events as well as multimedia content.

Campaign of the Year 2014

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Awarded Campaign of the Year from GK Unions for my work leading the Sexual Health campaign.

The campaign was a fortnight long media campaign focussing on promoting sexual health services in the area to students through engaging news coverage and exclusives, events and multimedia content.

I also oversaw a range of partnerships and grants from student groups, local charities and politicians.

Social Sciences Faculty Prize 2014


Awarded Social Sciences Faculty Prize 2014 for my academic performance in my final year exams.

This was awarded to a small number of students across the social sciences faculty and came with a cash prize.

Rotary Prize 2012


Awarded the Rotary Prize 2012 for my performance in stage one examinations, achieving a first in all exams.

This was judged across the whole faculty of social sciences.