Student Achievement Awards 2013
Wednesday 25 th September 2013 saw Tower Hamlets College host its annual Student Achievement Awards.
Now in their fourth year, the prestigious awards are designed to celebrate students’ individual achievements right across the college’s extensive curriculum areas.
The awards ceremony was held at the Canary Wharf Hilton and was attended by over 200 people, including the guest speaker of the event, Claire Young, Entrepreneur and finalist of BBC1’s 2008 The Apprentice.
The awards were hosted by college Principal, Gerry McDonald and compered by Francoise Beregovoi, Vice Principal (Curriculum) who introduced Claire Young to stage to make a speech and present the awards to the students. Claire talked about her own experience in business, particularly as a young woman, and added that, providing someone has the determination and integrity, social and demographic barriers can be overcome.
The evening began with a Video Montage, featuring students from across the subject areas. See the video below:
There were a total of 29 awards, spanning the college’s entire range of courses.
The awards also highlighted the college’s commitment to enterprise. Two students who had started up successful businesses with help of the college’s ‘Open Minds’ enterprise initiative were Business Studies Student of the Year, Alexandru Viziri and the winner of the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Enterprise, Silo Joao.
Silo, 21 (pictured, above left), produced a successful pitch to secure funds for his start up idea, pairing his friend’s design skills with his business approach to sell hand printed clothes online. Level 3 BTEC Business student Alexandru, also 21 (pictured, above right), started up a decorating business with help from the ‘Open Minds’ project and has also managed to secure an internship with financial giant, KPMG.
Receiving the Award for Excellence in Contributing to College Life was Aysha Begum. Aysha encapsulates what is unique about Tower Hamlets College through her passion and energy in promoting it to a wide audience. Aysha has been involved in a student-led think-tank, designed to listen to, and improve the experience of, students at the college.
The awards also celebrated successes from Adult learners. Lee-Ann Smith, 31 and a mother of three (pictured, left), celebrated a fantastic year of achievement, scooping the Tower Hamlets Corporation Award for Adult Learner of the Year. Lee-Ann worked extremely hard, juggling a demanding schedule on her Access to Humanities course and securing a much sought after place to study Social Work at Goldsmiths.
Lee-Ann, spoke highly of the course and her tutor, Les Clensy. Lee-Ann, who was praised for supporting other students on the course said “It’s a great achievement and I want my journey on to university to be an inspiration for my kids.”
The winner of the Catering & Hospitality Student of the Year Award was Tyrone Canty (pictured, right). Tyrone was nominated for his professionalism and natural flair as a chef. He is a keen advocate of the college, attending many events to promote the varied courses available. His tutor, Charlene Butler said of him “Tyrone embraces new challenges and shows a never give up attitude.”
The Roman Kudibal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Arts was awared to Adult Learner Michiru Kamimura (pictured, below left) for her achievements on her Access to Motion Graphics Course.
Her tutor Bille Loebner added “There is something inexorable about her spirit, but also bafflingly tenacious about her will to stay trying, in the face of undeniably adverse conditions.”
The audience were also treated to a showcase of work from first year BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Film & Television Production students (see below):
The event was hailed as a massive success and was enjoyed by all guests. The awards also had corporate backing, with sponsorship from print specialists Konica Minolta, global law firm Clifford Chance, contractors W J Butchers and social media specialists Net Natives.
Speaker Claire Young said of the event: “I thoroughly enjoyed attending Tower Hamlets College's Student Awards evening and was blown away by the award winners! Their individual strength of character shone throughout, their drive and determination to achieve, aspiration to work hard and have a good life.”
Principal Gerry McDonald said “It was a real pleasure to be able to recognise the outstanding achievement of our learners. Last year the college recorded its best ever results and these learners are part of that story of improving success. We are proud of them and grateful to their teachers and families for supporting them so well. We wish them well for the bright futures that lie ahead for all of them.”