President’s award for Derry man

A Derry man has been recognised for the sustained and valuable contribution he has made to support fellow students at his 

Michael Murphy, from Eglinton is in the final year of the BSc Engineering with Marketing and Management programme at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, England.

On Friday evening, at the annual Harper Ireland student society dinner, the 22 year old was presented with the President’s Prize by Harper Ireland President and University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn. The prize honours the student deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the student community.

Candidates for the award were judged by a panel of staff from the university. In their recommendation, the judges said: “Michael has made a very large contribution to the student experience at Harper Adams but has, until now, remained largely an unsung Irish hero, with no previous formal recognition of his contribution.

“He has been an active member of Harper Ireland throughout his time at the university and contributed to the organisation of Paddy’s Ball every year. He was a member of the Students’ Union executive in 2011/12, completed his placement with John Deere in Germany in 2012/13 and is both a student warden and technical manager on the Summer Ball committee in the current academic year.

“Michael likes to see things getting done, to make things happen. But he is always in the background and it’s time to shine the light on him and give him some recognition.”

The Harper Ireland society is run by and for students from throughout the island of Ireland, providing fun, friendship and support to those who travel across the sea to study at Harper Adams University. In addition to regular group social activities, Harper Ireland organises the annual dinner each February and Paddy’s Ball every March – which is attended by thousands of students and their friends and is a highlight of the university calendar. See