Outstanding students celebrated at UCW Awards

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University Centre Weston (UCW) celebrated the achievements of its students, staff and work placement partners with a glitzy awards ceremony at the Winter Gardens Pavilion on Wednesday 18 April.

The UCW Awards 2018 saw prizes handed out to students who have gone above and beyond to achieve or contribute to the UCW student experience over the past year.

The efforts of members of staff and organisations in the wider UCW community who have supported the students’ successes were also recognised.

The students were all nominated by their peers in categories including Faculty Students of the Year, Student Ambassador of the Year and Student Representative of the Year.

A judging panel led by Weston College Group Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips CBE then selected the winners, who were awarded trophies and prizes on the night.

All of the nominees were invited to the extravagant event, which included a three course meal prepared by the chefs at Lasseter’s restaurant and entertainment by UCW music and musical theatre students.

Dr Phillips, who hosted the awards ceremony, said: “Picking the winners from so many inspiring stories of academic excellence and personal triumph was no easy task, which goes to show how talented and dedicated our University Centre Weston students are.

“The whole ethos of our organisation is to put students at the centre of everything we do, which has been recognised through a Gold outcome in the Teaching Excellence Framework, so I was delighted to be part of this fantastic event and recognise so many wonderful achievements.”

Dr Phillips also handed out two special Principal Gold Awards on the night.

Applied Computing student Bradley Cousins was named overall Higher Education Student of the Year, and science technician Peter Murray was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience in recognition of his 30 years of service to the Weston College Group.

The other winners on the night were:

Creative Arts Faculty Students of the Year – Farhath Siddiqui and Jacob Jones

Business Enterprise and Service Industries Faculty Student of the Year – Henry Green

Education, Health and Lifestyle Faculty Student of the Year – Georgina Ings

Engineering and Future Technologies Faculty Student of the Year – Bradley Cousins

Inclusive Practice Faculty Student of the Year – Emma Bennetts

Student Ambassador of the Year – Bobby Bate

Student Representative of the Year – Robert Tayler

Outstanding Lecturers of the Year – Benjamin Hobbs, Sue Day and Sylvia Lane

New UCW Lecturer of the Year – Sandy Day

Outstanding Support Staff of the Year – Clem Williams and Sarah Parnell

Team of the Year – Higher Education Academic Registry Team

UWE Bristol Link Tutor of the Year – Phil Gilbert

Bath Spa University Link Tutor of the Year – Rob Irwin

Outstanding Workplace Provider of the Year – NSF International

Principal Gold Award: Higher Education Student of the Year – Bradley Cousins

Principal Gold Award: Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience – Peter Murray