Priory full for higher education celebration

19th October 2010 3:05pm - Return to press releases

Photo. Celebration of Higher Awards 2010 pic 8.jpgA ceremony at the Priory Church of St Mary in Bridlington on Saturday celebrated the achievements of higher education students from East Riding College.
The church was full with about 400 people attending the event, which saw students presented with scrolls by Principal Derek Branton in recognition of the successful completion of their course.

Photos of the event can be seen on our Celebration of Higher Awards 2010 page and on our Facebook page.

The winner of the student of the year award was Kerry Tipping, 32, (pictured above with Mr Branton) from Hornsea, who studied on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Policy and Practice. Kerry's prize was a trophy and a cheque for £100 from gown suppliers Ede and Ravenscroft.
She was chosen as the student of the year as she had made excellent progress during her course, earning a number of "firsts" in her work. Her employer, the Educare nursery in Beverley, had seen the benefits of the theory she had learnt in her course and parents had commented on the positive effects on the provision in the nursery. In its report following the inspection of the nursery, Ofsted noted that there was a clear link between Kerry's academic learning and the quality of provision there. Finally, her increased knowledge had helped her advance from a room leader into a management role.

Kerry said: "I'm very proud to have received the student of the year award because on my course alone there were lots of people who deserved to win as well.
"What I have learnt during the course has really helped me to understand why we do certain things at work and led to me making changes in my own practice."

The awards open with a welcome from David Thacker, the chair of governors at the College, and was followed by addresses from Mr Branton and Denise Robinson, director of thae Consortium for Post Compulsory Education and Training, University of Huddersfield.

Mr Branton said: "It was wonderful to see the Priory filled with former students and their guests, and there was a real feeling of celebration among everyone who attended.
"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 computing, digital media, education, health and social care, sport and recreation, teacher training and early childhood policy and practice
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 2011 higher education course guide, call the College on 0845 120 0037 or visit, where it is possible to download one or order a hard copy.


Notes to editors

Photographs of students following the ceremony are available. For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email [email protected]