She received her award at a special prizegiving ceremony in London. It
was presented to her for her work on a unique scheme called Languages
for Life, which places undergraduate students who are studying at Aston
in schools to talk about the positive experiences that learning a
language has given them. The scheme also has a website with case
studies of language graduates and their careers using language.
Aston University offers degree courses in French, German and Spanish. Annie herself graduated from the University in 2000 as a mature student with first class honours in French.
She said: 'I was both delighted and surprised to hear that I had won this award. It's a fantastic honour because it is the Institute's top award and it has only just changed its rules so this cup can be awarded to an individual.
'I'd also like to thank all the students, past and present, who were involved with the scheme and shared their experiences of language learning and how they use languages