Family, friends and staff gathered at the university to pay tribute to Darren Joliny at the first award ceremony of the annual prize established in his memory.
Catherine Ritchie, who graduated with a BA in Journalism earlier this year, was presented with the Darren Joliny Prize by Joliny’s sister, Maria.
Joliny, who graduated last year, collapsed during a game of football in January – a victim of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.
GCU media and journalism subject leader, Julian Calvert, said:
Darren’s death hit us very hard. This is the first time we have established an award of this nature and it means a lot to us. Catherine is a worthy winner; she has been an outstanding student.