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Fantastic to see #ARUAlumni @JoshWinning as the runner up for our Alumni Contribution to Culture award. A lifelong fan of cinema and literature, Joshua began his career in journalism before securing a publishing deal for The Sentinel Trilogy, an escapist tale for young adults.

"I hope to be offered a bed, sofa or shed occasionally, but otherwise, I’m surviving day-to-day on what I can carry. I’m really only taking a small backpack in order to keep weight down. My original target of raising £10,000 was reached, so I doubled it, reached that quickly, and have doubled it again, in honour of 40 years of Pudsey". You can help, support, and follow Chris at @christhecoastwalker. Well done Chris and best of luck! #ARUProud (Photo 3 of 3) #ARUAlumni #AngliaRuskin #AngliaRuskinUniversity #GoingToARU #Fundraising #ChildrenInNeed #Coast #FridayFeeling #ARUHeroes #PudseyBear #TeamPudsey #CharityWalking #CharityWalk #CoastWalk #ByTheWater #CoastWalking #CoastWalks #HelpingHand #HelpOthers #BritishCoast #StudentSuccess #Fundraiser

"I hope to be offered a bed, sofa or shed occasionally, but otherwise, I’m surviving day-to-day on what I can carry. I’m really only taking a small backpack in order to keep weight down. My original target of raising £10,000 was reached, so I doubled it, reached that quickly, and have doubled it again, in honour of 40 years of Pudsey". You can help, support, and follow Chris at @christhecoastwalker. Well done Chris and best of luck! #ARUProud (Photo 3 of 3) #ARUAlumni #AngliaRuskin #AngliaRuskinUniversity #GoingToARU #Fundraising #ChildrenInNeed #Coast #FridayFeeling #ARUHeroes #PudseyBear #TeamPudsey #CharityWalking #CharityWalk #CoastWalk #ByTheWater #CoastWalking #CoastWalks #HelpingHand #HelpOthers #BritishCoast #StudentSuccess #Fundraiser

"I’m Chris Howard, dad of 3 daughters and #ARUAlumni, and in July 2020, I set out to walk the entire 11,000 miles of British coastline for BBC Children in Need. Leaving my family behind to inspire hope in a world consumed by Coronavirus, I wanted to make sure the less fortunate children of the UK weren’t forgotten about. This is a challenge that will test me both physically and mentally. Long periods of walking alone in all weathers, I’ll walk for as long as I can each day, mainly sleeping outdoors in a sleeping bag and bivvy." (Photo 2 of 3 - Continue the story by checking out the other photos!) You can help, support, and follow Chris at @christhecoastwalker #ARUProud #ARUAlumni #AngliaRuskin #AngliaRuskinUniversity #GoingToARU #Fundraising #ChildrenInNeed #Coast #FridayFeeling #ARUHeroes #PudseyBear #TeamPudsey #CharityWalking #CharityWalk #CoastWalk #ByTheWater #CoastWalking #CoastWalks #HelpingHand #HelpOthers #BritishCoast #StudentSuccess #Fundraiser

"My time at ARU helped me end up in some of the most bizarre, remote, and often terrifying places on earth, and now it’s led me to doing as much good as I can." @christhecoastwalker talks about his fundraising for Children in need. (Photo 1 of 3 - see the rest on our profile!) I’m Chris Howard, dad of 3 daughters and #ARUAlumni, and in July 2020, I set out to walk the entire 11,000 miles of British coastline for BBC Children in Need. Leaving my family behind to inspire hope in a world consumed by Coronavirus, I wanted to make sure the less fortunate children of the UK weren’t forgotten about. You can help, support, and follow Chris at @christhecoastwalker #ARUProud #ARUAlumni #AngliaRuskin #AngliaRuskinUniversity #GoingToARU #Fundraising #ChildrenInNeed #Coast #FridayFeeling #ARUHeroes #PudseyBear #TeamPudsey #CharityWalking #CharityWalk #CoastWalk #ByTheWater #CoastWalking #CoastWalks #HelpingHand #HelpOthers #BritishCoast #StudentSuccess #Fundraiser

"My time at ARU helped me end up in some of the most bizarre, remote, and often terrifying places on earth, and now it’s led me to doing as much good as I can." @christhecoastwalker talks about his fundraising for Children in need. (Photo 1 of 3 - see the rest on our profile!) I’m Chris Howard, dad of 3 daughters and #ARUAlumni, and in July 2020, I set out to walk the entire 11,000 miles of British coastline for BBC Children in Need. Leaving my family behind to inspire hope in a world consumed by Coronavirus, I wanted to make sure the less fortunate children of the UK weren’t forgotten about. You can help, support, and follow Chris at @christhecoastwalker #ARUProud #ARUAlumni #AngliaRuskin #AngliaRuskinUniversity #GoingToARU #Fundraising #ChildrenInNeed #Coast #FridayFeeling #ARUHeroes #PudseyBear #TeamPudsey #CharityWalking #CharityWalk #CoastWalk #ByTheWater #CoastWalking #CoastWalks #HelpingHand #HelpOthers #BritishCoast #StudentSuccess #Fundraiser

“University was never really on the cards for me – I took the opportunity when it came and tried my best to make the most out of it and not take it for granted. I read a lot of books, I researched and did work on my own business ideas; I spoke to and got advice from tutors – basically anything I could do to be proactive in my own progression." #ARUAlumni Kris worked in care for 12 years, progressing from care assistant to management, when one day, ARU called his workplace, asking if anybody was interested in doing a foundation degree. Kris tells us that although he hadn't achieved good grades at school, he could use the NVQs he had achieved through care work, and so he jumped at the chance. Near to completing the foundation degree, Kris was given the option to stay on to convert the degree into a full Bachelor's. Kris left ARU with a First Class Honours in Management. “I proved most importantly to myself, that in fact, most things ARE possible with REALLY hard-work and a good plan in place; I now had all of this new-found knowledge, and I knew that I had a responsibility to myself to apply it – so I started applying for jobs within the music industry". And now? Well, Kris is Managing Director of PROLIFIC, an artist and brand agency. #ARUProud

“My interest in wildlife conservation and specifically working directly or indirectly on issues tackling biodiversity loss, climate change, and even socio-environmental justice is continuously stimulated by education and practical action. The inner need to be proactively engaged with conservation and not just conversation has been exponentially growing ever since I first sat in a lecture room at university. My greatest source of inspiration has continuously proven to be Mother Nature and genuine connections with like-minded individuals who come from diverse backgrounds from across the world. This is what keeps me going. As a realistic-optimist, even I find it unbearable sometimes to be working in the wildlife conservation sector and live in a world where it seems as if many simply don’t care about the legacy they leave behind. At the end of the day, what really stands out in conservation is the great benefit it has to people. It doesn’t matter if someone works on saving an endangered species or an ecosystem. It all channels down to forging a balanced coexistence with the world around us. If I could give one piece of advice to the younger generation wishing to pursue a career in wildlife, I would encourage you to follow your heart and be rational about the decisions you choose to take. Avoid comparing yourself to others and don’t take things personally – dump the concerns of what people think of you. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help and support if you need it. It’s something that I still find difficult sometimes.” -Mario Shimbov, BSc Zoology 2018 IG: @shimboviswild #ARUProud #ARUAlumni #Zoology #AngliaRuskin #FridayFeeling