After being shortlisted for five Guardian Student Media Awards, Felix has managed to come away with Student Newspaper of the Year and an award for its former editor Rupert Neate. The excellent I, Science magazine was runner up in the Best Magazine category, behind Quench at Cardiff.
Despite Neate's abrasive personality causing problems at the end of the year, Felix still beat off four competitors at this yesterday evening's awards ceremony, including Varsity at Cambridge. Current Felix Editor Andy Sykes had the following to say about Felix's win:
"We at Felix are very proud to be named Best Student Newspaper, and it stands as proof of how hard last year's editorial team worked. To be awarded the title over the excellent Varsity is an honour indeed. I only hope that I can continue to maintain that high standard this year."
Neate, currently studying journalism at City University, also won Student Journalist of the Year. He will spend 6 weeks working at the Guardian as part of the prize. Sykes continued:
"I think those of us that worked with Rupert knew that he would go far in the world of journalism. His courage and tenacity in constantly questioning both the Union and the College authorities marked him out as the most politically active editor in years. Even though we occasionally had spats within the editorial team, we all recognise how hard Rupert worked, and how much he deserves the award. I say kudos to Mr Neate, and I wish him well in the future."
Warwick took three awards, with Warwick Boar taking Student Website of the Year and wins in Student Travel Writer and Student Sports Writer.