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Prestigious university award presented to Dundee student

A Scottish student who founded an organisation that aims to transform communities has won a prestigious undergraduate award.

Angus Scott, (22) a business management student from Edinburgh, currently studying at the University of Dundee was bestowed the prestigious 2021 Wimberley Award.

He was chosen to receive the award as he had demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the University and the local community.

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Photo by The University of Dundee. After an online graduation, Angus will move down to England to start a job with American Express.

Angus founded and was the President of the Dundee branch of Enactus UK, an organisation aiming to support and encourage young people to engage in social action and enterprise projects.

Angus said: “When I was first introduced to Enactus UK, I was shocked that Dundee wasn’t already involved. The idea of using entrepreneurship and innovation for real life projects that can benefit communities really interested me.

“When I set out to start Enactus at the University, I never did it for recognition or any other ulterior motive, I just wanted to do good.

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Photo by Compare Fibre on Unsplash. Enactus Dundee has over 40 hardworking members and the group won ‘Newcomer of the Year Award’ in Enactus’ annual national awards.

“I had a genuine interest and passion for helping the city and community I studied in.”

The Wimberley Award is named after Major General Douglas Wimberley, a war hero and former Principal of University College, Dundee whose ‘Wimberley Memo’ helped establish the University of Dundee as an independent institution

Enactus Dundee currently has four live projects which look at various issues including loneliness in elders, sustainability concerns, youth homelessness and educational poverty within primary aged children.

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Photo by Huy Phan on Unsplash. Enactus tries to combat youth homelessness and employability, alleviating social isolation and loneliness in the elderly community, and sustainability concerns.

Mr Scott added: “Before I came to the University, I was a little bit lost. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. Dundee has given me the foundations and stepping-stones to move on to bigger and better things.”

“This year has been about building strong foundations that will then allow us to start making a real impact in the community,”

The Enactus Dundee group has over 40 students involved and has managed to secure funding for all its projects and are working multiple partners and community leaders throughout Dundee.

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