University Centre Weston (UCW) celebrated the achievements of its students, staff and work placement partners at a lavish awards ceremony at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.
More than 20 prizes were handed out to recognise outstanding individual and team successes over the past year.
The winners 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.
This year’s ceremony also saw the introduction of a new award named after counselling student Heather Moreton, who sadly passed away last year.
The judging panel was led by Weston College Group Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips CBE, who was recently honoured with the prestigious TES award for FE Leader of the Year 2019.
Dr Phillips also compered the extravagant event, which included a meal prepared by the chefs at Lasseter’s restaurant and entertainment by UCW music and musical theatre students.
The big winners on the night included BA (Hons) Uniformed and Public Services student Jessica Lifton, who won the Higher Education Student of the Year prize in recognition of her impactful project on crime in the night time economies of Yeovil and Weston.
BA (Hons) Lens-based Media student Grace Fox won the Student Success of the Year award after the short film she directed and co-wrote, ‘Serpentine’, received recognition at more than a dozen international film festivals.
Students from the Public and Environmental Health degree collected the Student Team of the Year award on top of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s Housing Heroes prize they recently won for their innovative housing survey work.
Dr Phillips said: “It’s been another tremendous year for University Centre Weston, and it was a privilege to hear so many inspiring stories of our students and staff going above and beyond to achieve and contribute to higher education in Weston.
“I’m also very proud that a fantastic 31 per cent of our Honours students were awarded first-class degrees in 2018 – which is above the national average and represents our best ever set of results.
“I look forward to hearing all about the bright futures these dedicated students have ahead of them.”
UCW Awards 2019 winners
Advanced Engineering and Computing Faculty Student of the Year – Benjamin Debreceni
Building, Automotive and Civil Engineering Faculty Student of the Year – Lauren Violante
Business, Enterprise and Services Faculty Student of the Year – Jodie Goodman
Creative Arts Faculty Students of the Year – Robert Moth
Education, Health and Lifestyle Faculty Student of the Year – Jessica Lifton
Heather Moreton Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering and Work Placements – Katie Benz
Student Ambassador of the Year – Antonina Szewczyk
Student Representative of the Year – Hedda Carlsen
Student Team of the Year – Public and Environmental Health students
Staff Team of the Year – Specialist Support Team
New UCW Lecturer of the Year – John Flavin
Outstanding Lecturers of the Year – Gopalkrishnan Gomathinayagam and Lauren Pring
Outstanding Support Staff of the Year – Hannah Raines
Bath Spa University Link Tutor of the Year – Caroline Francis
UWE Bristol Link Tutor of the Year – Julian Webb
Work Placement Provider of the Year – Addaction
Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience – Sarah Howell (UWE Bristol)
Principal Gold Award: Student Success of the Year – Grace Fox
Principal Gold Award: Higher Education Student of the Year – Jessica Lifton