Students celebrate higher education achievements
10th November 2009 4:25pm - Return to press releases
A ceremony at the Priory Church of St Mary in Bridlington on Saturday celebrated the achievements of higher education students from East Riding College.
More than 300 people attended the event, which saw students presented with scrolls by Principal Derek Branton in recognition of the successful completion of their course.
The winner of the student of the year award was Katie Mumby, 27, from Leven (pictured, with daughter Milllie), who took the Foundation Degree in Pre-16 Teaching and Learning.
Katie became pregnant in her second year and organised her time in her third and final year so that her assignments came in two months early, in order to complete them before the birth of her daughter, Millie, who is one in December.
Katie returned within six weeks of giving birth, arranging childcare around her partner's offshore employment. Her profile of marks during these two years steadily improved and she achieved the highest mark in the group for her final project module.
She said: "I was delighted to receive the award but I couldn't have done it without the support of my partner, Steven, and the fact that Millie was an excellent baby, which gave me time to study.
"I have now progressed to do a BA Hons Degree in Learning and Teaching at the University of Hull, which will allow me to teach in a primary school."
Katie's prize was a trophy and a cheque for £100 from gown suppliers Ede and Ravenscroft.
Mr Branton said: "It was wonderful to see all these former students gathering together to celebrate the successful completion of their higher education course with East Riding College.
"Every course at higher level presents a real challenge; they demand a greater depth of study, a keener focus, more reading and research, and lengthy essays assessed to exacting standards."
He added: "All those who attended Saturday's celebration have met these challenges and achieved something of which they should be really proud.
"Only months after completing their course, many have already secured good jobs and others have progressed onto further study at university."
David Thacker, chairman of the College's Governors, said: "On behalf of the East Riding College Corporation and all its staff, I would like to congratulate all of the students for their excellent achievements.
"A higher education qualification is a feather in anyone's cap and it was great to see these people celebrating their success, supported by their friends and family in Bridlington Priory."
Higher education at East Riding College is built on partnerships with the University of Hull, the University of Huddersfield and national validating bodies.
The College runs degree, foundation degree and other higher education courses in business management, computing, digital media, education, health and social care, sport and recreation, teacher training and classroom support.
There are also courses called Access to Higher Education which prepare people to step up to higher education level and are especially appropriate for people who have been out of education for several years.
For more information or to request a 2010 higher education course guide, call the College on 0845 120 0037 or visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk, where it is possible to download one or order a hard copy.
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