Higginson Leadership Award
The Higginson Leadership Award was founded by a gift in 1954 from Wing-Commander John S Higginson, MA, CBE, OBE, who lived at Ballyward Lodge near Castlewellan in Co Down. Wing-Commander Higginson was an RAF veteran of the Second World War, whose post-war activities became increasingly philanthropic in nature, focusing in particular on improving services and facilities for the youth of Northern Ireland. Wing-Commander Higginson died in November 2000, but the award has been re-launched by his nephew and heir Andrew Higginson OBE, who has assumed the role of Trustee. Andrew Higginson is a former Director of Higginson Associates Ltd, London-based Consultants in Conflict Resolution, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, and Risk Management.
The purporse of the award is to encourage a sense of social responsibility and inspirational leadership among students of the university, and to support enterprising activities or ventures outside the student's degree studies which will demonstrate initiative and the ability to inspire or act as a role model for others.
Students who have received the Higginson Leadership Award in recent years have led teams on projects to build resource centres, provide life saving infrastructure and help impoverished communities in Romania, Kenya, Bolivia, Thailand, Uganda, Mostar and Zambia in many interesting and beneficial ways.