Belfast Telegraph

University of Ulster postgraduate student wins top award from library professionals

By Staff Reporter

A University of Ulster postgraduate student has claimed a top award in recognition of excellence in library and information management.

Portadown man Christopher Weir took the honour as the top performing student in a two-year postgraduate diploma course designed to enhance the skills of information professionals in Northern Ireland.

The advanced programme, supported by law firm Allen & Overy, was developed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals and the Library and Information Services Council NI).

He's only the third person to receive the accolade.

"The support and guidance of the tutors and classmates has been invaluable and I'm grateful to my colleagues for their assistance and encouragement over the last two years," he said.

"An important factor for me has been the opportunity to study with and learn from people working in other library sectors in Northern Ireland and share experiences of different systems and demands."

Sarah Fahy, Allen & Overy's global head of libraries, said the firm was "committed to developing the professional careers of staff and established this award three years ago to encourage excellence in the profession".

"I am delighted that Christopher has achieved this recognition against a strong, talented cohort."

Dr Sam McGuinness, head of the School of Education at Univeristy of Ulster, said the information management diploma is the only "professionally accredited" course of its kind here, and added that it "seeks to develop academic and professional understanding of library and information management".

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