Last night Eastleigh College, currently ranked third in the country for student satisfaction, celebrated another successful year with an exciting Annual Awards ceremony. College students, staff, governors and representatives from industry gathered together at Eastleigh’s premier venue, the Concorde Club, to celebrate the exceptional achievements of students and staff over the past twelve months.
A variety of awards were presented throughout the evening which highlight exceptional student achievement. Student of the Year winner Carmen Darminin commented, “It’s an exceptional feeling and an amazing achievement to know that I’ve been picked from thousands of other students. I’m so happy.”
Guests at the event watched videos which described the life-changing impact the College has had on each nominee and how the College has given each student the opportunity to achieve more than they thought they could. Also in attendance were a range of industry representatives who were keen to show their support to the students. Sponsors included, NatWest, HBS Group, NCFE, Knowhow, VTCT, Advanced Engineering and Twinings.
Among the students, staff were also recognised for their exceptional teaching, support and guidance provided to students, which has enabled them to achieve their chosen goals. Alan Head, Gas and Plumbing Lecturer won this year’s Teacher of the Year award and comments on his winning title, “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled to be awarded for what I consider just doing my job.”
NCFE sponsored the Award for Exceptional Progression and Clarissa Harrington, New Business Manager at NCFE highlights, “We enjoy sponsoring these awards because they are in line with our charitable aims about learner progression, and they are a fantastic way to support and share the celebration of learner achievement. These learners absolutely deserve to celebrate, and we are honoured to share this event with them.”
Dr Jan Edrich, Chief Executive and Principal at Eastleigh College added “This event is a personal highlight of the academic year and is a great opportunity to showcase the success of our students. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up, they really are special and should know we are proud of their achievements.”
Congratulations to all our award winners:
Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by HBS Group – Elliott Pace
Award for Exceptional Progression, sponsored by NCFE – Dominic Mayes
GEM Award – Aaron Thomas
Governor’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by Knowhow – Timothy McNally
Student of the Year, sponsored by VTCT – Carmen Darminin
Tony Brooks Award, sponsored by Advanced Engineering – Stephen Taylor
Work Experience Student of the Year, sponsored by Natwest – Maddie Bailey
HE Student of the Year – Frances Davison
Margaret Kyrle Prize – Oliver James
David Baird Prize – Baiba Akule
Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Twinings – Alan Head
Apprentice of the Year– Dan Lapworth
Award for Exceptional Progression– Tom Williamson
GEM Award – Charlie Toomer
Governor’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement – Colin Ellins
Student of the Year – Chloe Daniels
Tony Brooks Award – Luke Trevatt
Work Experience Student of the Year– Amber Jones
HE Student of the Year – Kate Dicks
Margaret Kyrle Prize – Chelsea Lloyd-Jones
Teacher of the Year – Greg Cheeseman
Eastleigh College is the first and only technical and professional college in Hampshire to achieve the new national Quality in Careers Standard, awarded by Investor in Careers. The whole college approach to career-focused education has resulted in this accolade being achieved well ahead of the September 2020 deadline, and Eastleigh College is featured on the Quality in Careers Consortium website to help inspire other FE and sixth form colleges.
After careful planning, detailed risk assessment and subject to any further Government announcements Eastleigh College is extending onsite campus teaching, learning and assessment to more learners from 1 June. The College has remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic as staff have been providing a broad range of onsite and online services. Therefore this phased approach builds upon the onsite levels of service and support which has been available to learners identified as vulnerable, or the children of key workers since 23 March.