Inspirational Student Awarded Twice at College Celebration

29 July 2016 | College News, Student Life

inspirational - Taryn Cliff - Student of the Year Award

A young man who is battling cancer has been celebrated at City College’s annual Student of the Year Awards.

Taryn Cliff, aged 20, from Hartley, won both the Media and Digital Student of the Year and the special Equality and Diversity Awards, for his continued strength and commitment to his studies despite his ill health.

Mark Trewin, Director of Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries, presented Taryn with the Student of the Year Award. He said: “Taryn is a young man whose strength and attitude towards life is truly awe inspiring. His commitment to his studies throughout his illness is testament to his love of learning and it is a genuine delight to recognise his hard work with the Student of the Year Award.”

Despite spending much of his time in and out of hospital, Taryn never lets his illness hold him back. In one instance he had surgery on a Friday and was back to College on the Tuesday, adamant that he didn’t want to fall behind.

The Equality and Diversity Award was sponsored by Livewell Southwest and presented by Pathways to Employment Manager, Nita Dodd, who said: “The Equality and Diversity Award celebrates the achievements of those from a variety of backgrounds. Despite having a serious health condition, Taryn has shown a real strength of character by continually achieving high standards in his studies. His infinite resilience is truly incredible and his positivity is genuinely inspiring – a very deserving winner of this award.”

Taryn said: “It hasn’t been easy, but I love my media course and the people I get to hang out with at College. I want to be a sports journalist one day, so I’m trying to get as much as I can out of the whole experience. I was really surprised to get the extra award – it’s been a really lovely evening!”

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

The event was held in PL1, the College’s training restaurant, with a special menu prepared and served by current Hospitality and Catering students. The Student of the Year winners attended the event alongside their families, College staff, Governors, and representatives from the six sponsoring organisations.

City College Plymouth would like to thank all award sponsors and also those employers who have supported students on courses at the College.

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