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David Cameron congratulates Business School high-flyer

08 Rhagfyr 2007

Conservative leader David Cameron has congratulated an outstanding Business School student on his success.

Mr Cameron was delivering a lecture in front of leading South Wales business figures at a Cardiff Business Club event in Holland House Hotel. He also took time to present James Clifford, a final year Business Management student at Cardiff Business School, with the Cardiff Business Club Award for Academic Merit.

The £1,000 prize was created by the Business Club and the School to reward academic excellence in the field of business management. A shortlist of five Business School students were selected and then interviewed by Claire Morgan, Business School Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Alison Hoy, Chief Executive of legal firm Berry Smith and a Cardiff Business Club board member. Students were interviewed on what they had learned from their studies and how they planned to apply it to the business world.

James has already been signed up to work for leading international accountancy firm KPMG when he graduates. He said: "It was a great honour to be named as the winner of this award. To meet David Cameron and have him present the prize has been the icing on the cake."

Claire Morgan, Business School Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, said: "We are very grateful to Cardiff Business Club for offering this award as part of its drive to build the links between academics and the business world. James is one of our most promising students and was a deserved winner ahead of some extremely able competition. We were delighted that Mr Cameron was able to present him with the award."

James has also won the Business School’s own £500 Colonel Page Fund Prize for the best performance in his year on his degree scheme. The Business School’s Annual Prize Giving is an important occasion in the School’s calendar, reflecting its commitment to excellence in academic study. It is also a chance for high calibre students to present themselves to prestigious companies such as KPMG, Deloitte and Pricewaterhouse Coopers who, in addition to sponsoring their prizes, may ultimately be their employer.