Students honoured at Higher Education Awards Ceremony

The outstanding success of Warrington Collegiate’s Higher Education students has been celebrated at its annual awards ceremony, set in the magnificent St Elphin’s Church.

Friends, family, staff and fellow students gathered at the church on Thursday 17th November to honour the determination and commitment of students who have completed HNCs, HNDs and Teacher Training, as well as higher level Apprenticeships and Professional qualifications.

As well as academic certificates, several students also received special awards for outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment in their subject area.

Kirsty Reid, graduating in Human Resource Management Level 5, was awarded the Professional Student of the Year, sponsored by Scott Marketing.

The Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Warrington Worldwide, went to Luke Williams, who successfully completed his Level 4 Accounting Diploma.

The Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Countryside Properties, was presented to HND Business graduate Annabel Viar.

Katy Tracey, graduating in HNC Construction & the Built Environment, went home with the Working in Industry award, sponsored by Fuzzy Duck.

The event saw former Chair of Governors of 27-years, Dr Colin Daniels, become a Fellow of the College.

Principal Nichola Newton described Dr Daniels as a “remarkable public servant who has led the College through challenging times and has provided tremendous support”.

Dr Colin Daniels started as Chairman of the Corporation at the college in 1989, taking a proactive and strategic role and playing a vital part in the complete re-build of the college estate on Winwick Road. He also played a significant role in the successful transfer of the college’s Padgate campus to the University of Chester. Dr Colin Daniels has served on many boards and committees, including the Board of the Association of Colleges and the Warrington Chamber of Commerce, the latter of which he has been the Chief Executive since 1996.

Keynote speaker and former Warrington Wolves’ Chief Executive Roger Draper congratulated the College’s students on their success as he spoke about his own success and career.

The evening was concluded with a Student Vote of Thanks, delivered by the College’s very own Chef Lecturer Scott Surtees, who graduated on the night after completing the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

Scott said: “I would like to thank all of our tutors for their hard work, determination and endless patience in giving these talented people the best possible chance to succeed.

“And perhaps most importantly of all, I would like to thank the family and friends of each of our graduates, for their unconditional help and support along the way.

“So a big thank you goes out to you all, for attending what is such an important event in the lives of any student – but especially the students of Warrington Collegiate.

“I hope that your time at Warrington Collegiate in whatever capacity hasn’t just been a time for learning, but a collection of unforgettable memories and lasting friendships. As well as careers within the Collegiate where a number of our group have continued their teaching paths with Warrington Collegiate and continue to flourish at such an inclusive, all-encompassing place to work and teach.”

Congratulations to all of our Higher Education graduates!