Student Awards 2021
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Cause for celebration as there are awards galore for students and staff

City of Bristol College has had a busy month celebrating its students and staff with three big award ceremonies.

The College hosted its Staff Awards and Student Awards last week, both virtually, and recognised the hard work and dedication of the students and staff, especially those who had overcome great feats over the past year.

Student Awards 2021

Student Awards 2021

Staff were invited to nominate their students in one of more than 15 categories and a panel of judges reviewed the nominations before choosing the winner of each category.

Director of Curriculum and Quality, Paul James, said: “We know it has been another tough year for students and we hope next academic year we will be able to return to normality. All of our students have done so well in managing and responding to the changes and we would like to say thank you for continuing to work so hard, supporting your tutors and supporting the College as a whole.

“I would like to thank all of our staff who have nominated students and for everyone’s hard work in teaching and supporting our students this year. It is always difficult for the judging panel to select winners as everyone is so deserving!”

We would like to thank our sponsors who are generous in supporting the awards. Many thanks to Dovetail and Slate (Talentia), Latcham, bespoke Cleaning Services, Bristol Sport Foundation and BBS Plumbing and Heating Supplies Ltd.

If you missed the premiere of the awards last week, you can watch all the action below. The winners were:

Star Award and Principal’s AwardMitchell Davies
Contribution during Covid-19 pandemic (team)Prince’s Trust Team 275
Outstanding Achievement Award – Under 19sMalwina Midura
Progress in English and Maths Award – AdultsFreya Symons
Effort and Determination Award – Under 19sRebekah King
Effort and Determination Award – Under 19sMitchell Rawlings
Contribution to College Life Award – AdultsCatharine Cooksley and Dhiren Thangarajah
Contribution to College Life Award – Under 19sMartisse Thompson
Apprentice of the Year Award – Under 19sJayda Brown
Progression Award – AdultsHubert Toczydlowski
Early College AwardJody Tasker Poland
Effort and Determination Award – AdultsLoredana Bucaciuc
The Lee Sheriton Award for EndeavourChloe Sharp
Early College AwardLeah Archer
Effort and Determination Award – AdultsESOL E3c Class, College Green
Outstanding Achievement Award – AdultsDanielle Harwood
Progress in English and Maths Award – Under 19sCourtney Mauro
Apprentice of the Year Award – AdultsDaniella Shields
Community Partner of the Year AwardWhit-It Valeting
Contribution during the Covid-19 Pandemic Under 19sSeoud Mohammed
Contribution to the Community Award – AdultsHalimo Ibrahim
The Student Awards presentation 2021

Staff Awards 2021

The annual Staff Awards were held on the College’s final Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Day, with various members of the College Leadership Team announcing the winners.

The Staff Awards are held each year, with colleagues nominating each other in the categories. The winners were:

AwardWinnerJob titles
Staff Recognition Award for Enhancing the Student ExperienceKirsty Cross

Shamis Farah
Mike Crocker
Lewis Blenkin
Designated Lead for Children in Care and Care Leavers
Early College Student Advisor
Curriculum Administrator
Staff Recognition Award for Excellent Customer ServiceAdam Metcalfe
Paul Jones
Vicki Bowd
Annette Spear
Residential Training Manager
Customer Liaison Officer
Hub Leader
Learning Support Team Leader
Staff Recognition Award for Supporting ColleaguesTim Livingston
Chloe Povey
Becky Birleson
Charlotte Condon
Head of Department – Academic Studies
Lecturer and Study Coach
Hub Leader
Programme Manager
Staff Recognition Award for Innovation or ImprovementMartin Wilmott
Sarah Pigott
Rosy Farmer
Emma Richer
Programme Manager
Senior HE Registrar
ALS Systems and Funding Coordinator
Learning and Development Coach
Staff Recognition Award for Apprentice of the YearOliver LoveridgeFinance Apprentice
Rising Star AwardKirsten Toghill
Jonathan Scanlon
Helen Ceo
David Rookes
Work Placement Officer
Programme Manager
Apprenticeship Trainer
Programme Manager
Team Recognition Award for ExcellenceEstates and Infrastructure 
Staff Recognition Award for ExcellenceRachel Bateman
Jenny Hudson
Arsha Nishant
Celeste Indge
Programme Manager
Careers and Employability Co-Ordinator
Staff Recognition Award for Above and BeyondJennie Douthwaite
Richard Feltham Ryan Fernandes
Programme Manager
Principal’s AwardEster SimmonsFacilities Supervisor

Principal and Chief Executive, Andy Forbes, said: “All of our staff have worked hard to ensure our students, employers and stakeholders are supported throughout the pandemic. They have had to adapt to sudden changes in Covid-19 restrictions by taking their teaching online during each lockdown, and in between they’ve had to take on the challenge of changing and adapting their in-class teaching methods to accommodate social distancing measures.

“All who was nominated were worthy winners and the sheer number of nominations we received highlights what a brilliant team of teaching, support and professional services staff we have at the College.”

Principal’s Award winner, Ester Simmons, was described as being an ‘outstanding member of staff’ by her nominators, receiving four separate nominations.

Chris Gwynne, Facilities Manager, nominated Ester for the biggest award on the docket. In his nomination, he said: “Ester goes above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure the Centre she supervises is up to scratch. She has motivated her team to sometimes complete seemingly impossible deadlines.

“Ester’s part in converting the College to a Covid-safe environment was incredible, her commitment to detail meant we were able to open where we needed without any issues.”

Thomas Wills received gold in the DAF Apprentice of the Year Award. Picture: DAF Trucks Ltd.

DAF Awards – Class of 2020

The College also celebrated its DAF Apprentices early in June, when the annual DAF Awards were held online.

Always one of the most important dates in the DAF calendar, after a difficult and uncertain time, it was even more special to celebrate the fantastic achievements and reveal results of the Apprentice of the Year competition.

City of Bristol College student and DAF Apprentice, Thomas Wills, took home the gold award in the competition. He said: “It has been an amazing experience and I would not have been able to achieve this award without the training and guidance from the great technicians at Chassis-Cab in Bury St Edmunds and my tutors at the College.”

The DAF Apprentices work for businesses across the UK and attend lessons once a week at City of Bristol College’s Motor Vehicle Centre at Parkway.

For the Apprentice of the Year competition, students were tested on electrical, theory and practical elements of their course and were scored for their performance. The winners were:

PlacementNameDAF Centre
GoldThomas WillsChassis-Cab Truck Centre, Bury St Edmunds
SilverLiam DeasNorscot Truck and Van, Dundee
BronzeThomas SykesHTC Oxford DAF
The DAF Apprentice Graduation. Credit: DAF Trucks Ltd.

Congratulations to all the award nominees and winners.

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