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Student Achievement Awards 2014

Student Achievement Awards 2014

Top performing students from Tower Hamlets College were, on Thursday 25 th September basking in the limelight at the College’s annual Student Achievement Awards evening, held at the prestigious Hilton Hotel in Canary Wharf.

Now in their fifth year, the awards are the highlight of the College’s calendar and an opportunity for family, friends and teachers to celebrate students’ individual achievements right across the College’s extensive curriculum.

BBC News and London Live TV presenter and reporter, Claudia-Liza Armah presented the awards alongside College Principal Gerry McDonald. Ms Armah is currently the presenter of London Live’s lunchtime current affairs show Headline London and she spoke passionately about her career in broadcasting and the opportunities it has given her.

The awards also attracted major sponsors including international companies such as KPMG, Thomson Reuters, Konica Minolta and Bouygues Energies and Services. Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow presented the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement to Fela Maslen, 18, from London Fields. Ms Ali is both a former student and governor of the College.

There were a total of 29 awards spanning the College’s entire range of faculties. Highlights of the evening included:

Nadeem Ahmed Sayeed, 19, from Bow, who won the Humanities Student of the Year and was recognised for his mentoring support to fellow students and also for being selected by the American government to attend a global conference in the US to discuss issues concerning young Muslims. Nadeem was the youngest participant selected, with most of the participants already at university.

Ashton Fulgence, 24, from the Isle of Dogs, won Creative Arts Student of the Year and is currently working at Spitalfields Music as a Digital Marketing Apprentice. Ashton provided exciting music events in the borough throughout the year and widened participation through social media campaigns. He presented an interactive presentation to leading media industry professionals as part of his course. Ashton impressed the panel with his high levels of professionalism and mature attitude.


Ameera Khanom, 19, from Bethnal Green, won the award for Excellence in Contributing to College Life. Ameera was recognised for her volunteering both as a Student Ambassador and outside of college, volunteering at local schools, reading to children and taking part in Futurevarsity, a summer school where she gave suggestions about what young people can do in the summer holidays. Ameera is now moving on to study Psychology at Goldsmiths.

Other winners included:

Rebecca Mitchell, 18, from the Isle of Dogs, who won the Young Learner of the Year Award. She is currently an ‘artist in residence’ at Mudchute City Farm where she is producing paintings and drawings, as well as taking care of younger visitors and has also produced a painting of Cubitt Town Hall, which is displayed in the library itself.

Lewis Boulcher won Apprentice of the Year. He works at the National Theatre as a Prop Making apprentice and beat off over 50 applicants to land the role at this iconic London arts venue, making props that appear in top stage shows. He also met the Queen this year during her visit to the National Theatre.

Adult Learners were also recognised with awards. Lisa Sayers, 27, from Bow won the Access Student of the Year Award for her outstanding and dedicated level of commitment to her studies, whilst working full time in the evenings and weekends. She also starred in a TV commercial for the College this summer.

Ripa Begum, 26, from Poplar, won Adult Learner of the Year for her focused attitude, hard work and self-motivation, and having the determination to complete her studies after giving birth at Easter, which resulted in her gaining high marks and obtaining a place at university.

The Aspirations Student of the Year Award went to Terry Donnan, who developed his use of sign language and through dedication has become more independent.

The ceremony also reflected on an eventful year for the College which saw Ofsted recognise it as ‘Good with outstanding features’.

Speaking at the event, Claudia-Liza Armah said:

“I have been so impressed and inspired by these young people tonight. I’ve met some amazing students and it’s fantastic to see them receiving recognition for their achievements.”

Gerry McDonald, Tower Hamlets College Principal said:

“I am delighted to congratulate all of our Award winners on their impressive achievements. They have shown themselves to be a credit to the college and an inspiration to their fellow students.”

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