Central Bedfordshire College Principal, Ali Hadawi CBE, proudly showcased the College’s most outstanding students at its annual Student Awards Ceremony, held at the main campus in Dunstable in The Chilterns Restaurant.
Nearly 60 learners were recognised for their exceptional achievement and effort across courses including Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships. Special guests at the event included MP Andrew Selous, Mayors and Deputy Mayors of Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Luton and Leighton Buzzard, incredibly proud learners and their families, and Central Bedfordshire College staff.
Mayor of Leighton Buzzard, Councillor Clive Palmer, generously sponsored a special Engineering Excellence Award to acknowledge the hard work of engineering students in Leighton Buzzard and this was awarded to Level 3 student Jack Quilter. Jack has maintained a high standard in his work through the two year engineering course at the College’s new campus at Leighton Buzzard. He is expected to get exceptional final grades on a highly technical and mathematical based course. He is planning to further his engineering studies at Loughborough University with a course in Engineering Materials.
Councillor Gloria Martin very kindly sponsored two awards for Central Bedfordshire College students in gratitude for the help that she received from the College during her term as Mayor of Dunstable. These were awarded this year to Grace Walshe and Charlie Twiddy for outstanding achievement in Photography and Catering respectively.
In addition to the student awards for each subject area, Principal Ali Hadawi CBE presented the Student of the Year Award to Public Services Student Kieran Cove. Kieran has been a remarkable student and achieved distinction grades in every assignment set throughout his course. His attendance and punctuality are 100% and his tutor commented that he will be a great asset to any future employer.
Principal Ali Hadawi CBE, who opened the event with a keynote speech, praised the achievements of the students, and highlighted the College’s successes and developments over the past year. He acknowledged the dedication of Central Bedfordshire College staff to providing support for all students to achieve their goals, and affirmed the College’s commitment to supporting the needs of the local area.
The event was held in the College’s student-run restaurant where parents and dignitaries were treated to a full afternoon tea prepared and served by the College’s Hospitality & Catering students.