Selby College celebrates 25th Anniversary of Annual Awards

On Friday 15th December, the college held its 25th Annual Awards at Selby Abbey, with a festive evening celebrating over 90 award winners across all subject areas including A Levels, Vocational courses and Apprenticeships.

More than 230 staff, students, employers, sponsors, governors and family gathered in the historic venue to see nominated students and Apprentices receive their awards for Effort & Achievement and Best Student, as well as a number of Unique Awards. Staff received special awards for Long Service, Staff Recognition and also Team of the Year, which went to IT & Computing.

For the sixth year running, the main sponsor was Doosan Babcock, the industry specialist in the delivery of engineering, projects, aftermarket and upgrade services to the thermal power, nuclear, oil and gas, petrochemical and process industries.

The key speaker for the evening was Professor Colin Mellors, who became Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England in 2016 and has a longstanding relationship with the college going back some 20 years. Colin was Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of York until 2014, having previously held a similar position at the University of Bradford. He is also Emeritus Professor of Politics at York and an honorary professor at the University of Huddersfield.

Colin spoke of the importance of education and the impact it can have, not just on our long-term careers, but also health, happiness and relationships, making the point that “education lasts a lifetime” and “as life continues to change so will we”. He also made the point that “success is not purely measured by qualifications, but also the attitude of the individual”, adding that “the college has a reputation to be envied and to be a part of that, is something staff and students should be very proud of”.

As the main company sponsor of the evening, Doosan Babcock’s Head of Thermal Operations, Scott Anderson presented the Engineering Awards. There were also attendees from local and regional firms and groups who sponsored the individual awards, including Greencore, White Rose Finance and Selby Carentan Twinning Committee. Additional awards were sponsored by companies such as Bridges & Buckle Building & Joinery, CPI Corporate Solutions, Keith France Electrical Contractor Ltd, Forevermore, Press Association, JWP Creers LLP, Thornes Independent Ltd, The Institution of Engineering & Technology, Selby Times and Club Doncaster.

Sponsors in the unique awards category include The Leonard Chamberlain Trust who awarded Jessica Bell, Courtney Earl, Charlotte Grimmitt and Jordan Martin with this year’s Leonard Chamberlain Awards. The four students were deemed to be the most deserving candidates from Selby who have now progressed to Higher Education. This year, the Principal’s Prize for Individual Effort & Achievement was awarded to current second year student Nathan Creaser for his hard work and dedication which has seen him exceed his targets.

Governor and guest Judy Kent sponsored a unique award for Innovation in Fashion for the first time which went to Chloë-Nicole Scott, who was also awarded the department’s founder, Mary Goldthorpe’s Award for Excellence in Fashion and is now studying Fashion at the University of Huddersfield. Representatives for the Soroptomist Society were also in attendance to see their Soroptomist International Award presented to Level 2 Business student Ellen Firth.

Entertainment was provided by our talented Level 3 Music Performance & Production student Fiona Lee who performed two original songs, including Sugar, taken from her current EP, as well as carols from the Selby Abbey Choristers and organist Dr Roger Tebbet.

Chairman to the Corporation, Vernon Wells, MBE presented Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive with his 25 Years’ Long Service award, following the presentation of the staff awards.

The current Selby College Student Union President and FE Governor, Brook Reast also took to the stage for his Vote of Thanks, recognising the tutors for their time and effort, as well as highlighting the work of the Union to promote mental health and their aim to develop a LGBTQ+ Society at college this year.  

The Principal congratulated each of the award winners and thanked everyone for their contribution, before taking the opportunity to say, “Selby College will always be here to support you long after you have completed your studies with us”. 

Allan added: “Selby District is on an economic upturn and we are playing our part in meeting the skills needs of the area. The college is currently working with 900 Apprentices across a range of industries, and this year alone our students have taken part in more than 500 employer placements with local businesses, which clearly supports our aim to enrich the social, economic and physical well-being of the community.”

Published: Tuesday 19 Dec 2017