Students celebrated at annual Excellence Awards

Students from across The Manchester College were celebrated at the annual Student Excellence Awards, which took place at the prestigious Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel on Thursday 21 June.

The awards, hosted with LTE Group partner organisations UCEN Manchester and Total People, celebrated dedication and excellence in students and apprentices from across all three organisations.  

More than 450 nominations were received and over 240 of our students, apprentices, their guests, and our colleagues, attended to see 20 awards presented to the worthy winners.

Alistair Sheehan, who studies Creative Design and Developing Digital Experiences, won The Manchester College Adult Student of the Year award. He said: “I’m honestly really, really, surprised and shocked, I didn’t think it was going to be me.”

Creative Media Production student, Sebastian Kaczmarczyk, took home the trophies for both The Manchester College 16-18 Student of the Year and the hotly anticipated The Student Excellence Awards Student of the Year (sponsored by Reeds) award.

He said: “I feel really happy and overwhelmed. Everyone at this College is absolutely amazing and Katy (Rushton, Sebastian’s tutor) is the best tutor I have ever had. All the hard work has paid off!”

Table favours were provided courtesy of the College's Level 2 Patisserie and Confectionery and Level 2 Catering Service students, with entertainment from D-star; dancers from Shena Simon campus; duo Max Robertson and Shauna Dolecki and magician David Penn.

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester, said: “I was bursting with pride last night. It was a wonderful event and a huge congratulations to all our finalists and winners.

“To be nominated is something to be extremely proud of in itself and I am grateful on behalf of the College, UCEN Manchester and Total People, to everyone who took part in nominating and celebrating the talent and positivity of those of deserve recognition.”

The full list of winners is below – congratulations to you all. 

Academic Studies Student of the Year

Callum Bancroft

Automotive, Construction Engineering and Logistics Student of the Year

Arran Jamieson

Business, Computing and Creative Digital Student of the Year   

Karon Barber

Creative Arts Student of the Year

Lee Smith                                           

English and Maths Student of the Year

Rafelle Williams

ESOL, Communities and Work Student of the Year

Hakem Sharifi

Service and Retail Industries Student of the Year

Fungai Harvey Mukusha

Sport, Public Services and Care Professions Student of the Year

Lenin Sibanda

Student Ambassador of the Year

Rosie Young

Supported Learning Student of the Year

Thomas Patton

Teacher Education Student of the Year

Julie Cliffe

The Seminary Student of the Year

Elky Cohen

Total People Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

Harry Waring

Total People Advanced Apprentice of the Year

Fatima Assadi

The Manchester College 14 -16 Student of the Year

Amina Munye Busuir

The Manchester College 16 - 18 Student of the Year

Sebastian Kaczmarczyk

The Manchester College Adult Student of the Year

Alistair Sheehan

UCEN Manchester Student of the Year – sponsored by Reeds 

Rylan Ashley Lewis

Bright Star Award

Tyler Asif

The Student Excellence Awards Student of the Year – Sponsored by Reeds.

Sebastian Kaczmarczyk


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22nd June 2018