Blackpool and The Fylde College celebrates outstanding student performance

Published on 19/06/2019 by nmoo

Outstanding performance and extra effort by students at Blackpool and The Fylde College over the past year has been marked at the annual Student of the Year Awards held recently at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Nine students were awarded a Gold Award* for achievements that along with good academic work included an excellent attendance record, involvement in extra-curricular college and community activities, and giving support to fellow students.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus student William Clarke was crowned ‘Young Student of the Year’. The 17-year-old from Worcestershire is studying to become a merchant navy officer and has already reached the first step on his career path with the award of a Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations.

Thomas Borrill, the tutor who nominated him for the award, said: “William has impressed staff with his enthusiasm for a career at sea. He is dedicated to his studies and shows a level of maturity beyond his years, which will serve him well and one day enable him to be an excellent Merchant Navy officer.”

Nadine Ellis, 33, from Blackpool received the award for Adult Student of the Year. Her studies at the School of Creative Arts and Digital Technologies will lead to a Level 3 Diploma in Photography. Nadine’s tutors described her as being an incredibly hardworking student who has made her mark on the course and the College by getting involved with and championing many important campaigns, ideas and events.

The award for Higher Education Student of the Year went to Lorna Parry, 27, from Thornton Cleveleys who has just completed a BSc Honours degree in Software Engineering and Games Development. This has enabled her to land what she describes as “my dream job” as a Games Engine Programmer with a leading independent Microsoft licensed games development studio.

Nigel Brown, Director for Students said: “The performance of these students is very impressive. They have all shown a clear focus on and strong commitment to their studies that has seen some remarkable academic achievements. All the students have progressed onto higher level study or into highly skilled employment. 

“At the same time they have demonstrated support for a wide range of college activities in support of their co-students and in the wider community. It is this fully-rounded approach to study and to student life that has made each of them a well-deserved winner.”