6th November 2017
South Devon College hosted its annual Further Education Student Awards Ceremony on Friday 3rd November, welcoming students from across the South West to celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends and staff members. Approximately 800 people attended the event at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay, marking another year of exceptional success for the College and its learners.
Over 200 students were honoured at the event, with awards recognising aspiration, inclusion, innovation, support and progress. The ceremony was an excellent opportunity to recognise not only academic success but also personal growth and development, with many students having shown great determination to achieve and succeed, who have now progressed into employment or further training.
A variety of key stakeholders, Governors and Councillors from throughout the local area attended the ceremony. Ash Merchant, Director of Education at Fujitsu UK delivered a poignant and uplifting keynote speech about his personal and professional journey and the positive impact hi-tech developments will continue to have within the education sector, with South Devon College at the forefront.
Amongst the winners was Olivia Morrison, Level 3 Marine Technologies student, who won the prestigious Paul Haigney Award, as well as the ‘Award for Aspiration’. The Paul Haigney Award is provided by the Friends of South Devon College, a charitable trust established to remove barriers to learning for disadvantaged students. The Award itself acknowledges triumph over adversity in the face of challenging personal circumstances. Olivia performed admirably last academic year, making exceptional progress on her Marine Technologies course and fully embracing the opportunities presented through an international exchange visit, completing a week’s work experience in France and overcoming many adversities during her studies.
Stephen Criddle, Principal of South Devon College said, “The Further Education Student Awards Ceremony is always a high-point of the year at the College, where we can congratulate students who have achieved local, regional and even national success. Whilst all students who pass their chosen course have good reason to celebrate, we believe it is important to acknowledge those who have done exceptionally well, going above and beyond the expectations of their qualification. I know colleagues and governors will join me in wishing all our students a bright future, as we eagerly await seeing what they will go on to achieve next.”
The Further Education Student Awards were followed by the Staff Awards Ceremony, where the College recognised around 100 members of staff who had achieved various qualifications, as well as those who had been nominated by students for their exceptional teaching support. The annual awards are always well received, acting as evidence of the entire College’s commitment to professional development and high quality teaching.
If the success of the 2016/17 students has inspired you to see what you can achieve with the College, you can find out more information at www.southdevon.ac.uk, or contact 08000 380 123. Alternatively, come along to our next Open Evening on Thursday 16th November at our Vantage Point Campus, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ 5pm-8pm.
Full list of award winners:
AWARD FOR ASPIRATION
Joel Stoddard – Turvey
AWARD FOR INCLUSION
AWARD FOR INNOVATION
AWARD FOR PROGRESS
AWARD FOR SUPPORT
Kieran van Hagen