Dedicated Decorator Wins Double at College Awards Ceremony

24 July 2017 | Construction & the Building Trades

Nicholas Barber, 19, from St Budeaux, walked away with two impressive awards at the annual Student of the Year awards ceremony which celebrated the exceptional achievements of City College students.

Nicholas was named Construction Student of the Year and received the special Equality and Diversity Award sponsored by Livewell Southwest, for his dedication and excellent attitude towards his learning.

Peter Mercy, Director of Technology, Marine and Renewables, said: “Nick has made excellent progress this year. He has grown in both confidence and ability and produced some amazing work. His lecturers and peers all comment on the pleasure it has been to watch Nick develop and be a part of his journey. It was great to present him with this award.”

The Equality and Diversity Award was sponsored by Livewell Southwest and presented by Recruitment Manager, Ginnie Stiff, who said: “The Equality and Diversity Award celebrates the achievements of individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Nicholas was very deserving of this accolade for his hard work overcoming his difficulties and really flourishing at the College. His resilience is commendable and it is clear he has really touched the hearts of everyone at the College – a very worthy winner of this award.”

Nicholas said: “I’ve loved being at the College and was very surprised to hear I had won not just one but two awards. It is great to have my hard work rewarded and it has left me really motivated to keep going so I can continue to make everyone proud.”

The Student of the Year Awards recognise students from across the College’s diverse curriculum who have made a positive impact, often against the odds, to their course, the College or the local community.

Held in the College’s PL1 Restaurant, the food was prepared and served by current Hospitality and Catering students. The awards evening was attended by each of the 15 Student of the Year winners and their families, their nominating lecturers, College staff and Governors.

Six additional special awards – sponsored by local organisations – were presented for: Community (The Herald); Employability (Plymouth Citybus); Enterprise (University of Plymouth); Equality and Diversity (Livewell Southwest); Opportunity (Plymouth Marjon University); and Student Voice (Radio Plymouth).

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