Jaidka named recipient of media prize honouring fellow former student

A RECENT graduate now working at newspapers group, Clyde and Forth, has been named the recipient of a prize in memory of a fellow former student.

Sahil Jaidka was named winner of a prize at Glasgow Caledonian University to remember Darren Joliny, who graduated with a BA in Journalism two years ago, but last year tragically died after collapsing while playing football, because of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

Jaidka, who graduated with first-class honours in Multimedia Journalism, was the highest-performing student in his year. He is already working as a journalist, on the sports desk for Clyde and Forth Media, and next month, he is travelling to London having won an internship with Sky News.

In a GCU media release, Darren’s classmate, Amy Houston, who now works in the communications department of Tesco Bank, is quoted, as saying: “I wouldn’t be in the position that I am in now if wasn’t for Darren’s support – in your life you have got to have people who help you and pull you through, both friends and family, and that’s something university gave me as well as a great education.”

Jaidka is also quoted, as saying: “Darren was a truly inspirational figure, so to receive such a prestigious award, named after someone who is so fondly remembered, is a great honour and means so much to me.

“After four years of studying, I feel fully prepared for the world of work.

“Following placements at publications such as the Daily Record, Herald and Evening Times, Glaswegian and being the sports editor of our own student magazine at GCU, The Edit, I subsequently gained employment at Clyde and Forth.”

Pictured: Amy Houston (left), Sahil Jaidka (centre) and Kathleen Joliny (right) at the prize-giving ceremony at Glasgow Caledonian University.