Students honoured for enterprise and excellence

20th March 2017 3:09pm - Return to press releases

Students honoured for enterprise and excellence

Excellence and dedication were recognised at East Riding College’s annual awards ceremony at the parkway cinema in Beverley on Wednesday evening.

The event saw over 50 students, employers and staff recognised for their achievements, dedication and hard work.
Student winners were nominated by their tutors and ranged from younger students on school-links programmes to adults who were retraining.

Of particular note were:

  Wesley Trowell, aged 23 from Hull, winner of Enterprise Student of the Year sponsored by Youth Enterprise Services.  The award recognises enterprising students in colleges across the country with a £100 prize.  Wesley won in the category of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, for contributing to college life and the student experience in an innovative or entrepreneurial way.    Wesley, who has Cerebral Palsy and is an electric wheelchair user was nominated by music tutor Martin Jones for his determination, his tireless positivity and thirst for opportunity.  Wesley is on the Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners at the College’s Music Academy in Hull.  He studies the business and technology pathway and has been very proactive in promoting gigs in the area, making business contacts and starting up professional collaborations in the industry.


 Wendy Smith from Driffield, winner of Student of the Year sponsored by Prospect Photography.  The award recognised Wendy’s attitude and development.  Wendy was nominated by her tutors on the Level 3 Access to H.E. (Health Science Professions) course.  They commended her on her evaluation of ideas, research skills and ability to make complex links in theory, consistently delivering over and above what would be expected of a Level 3 learner. 


Danielle Child from Bridlington, winner of Student of the Year sponsored by West Building Supplies Ltd.  The award recognised Danielle’s hard work and determination.  Danielle was nominated by her tutors on the Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance course.  They commended her on her excellent test scores and practical results.  Danielle started the course later than her course mates, but has worked hard in her own time to catch up and is now on target to complete the course on schedule.  She hopes to move to the next level and become fully qualified to work in a garage and perhaps even start her own business one day.



Lauren Wilde aged 18 from Leconfield, winner of Student of the Year sponsored by Contrac.  The award recognised Lauren’s positive attitude and dedication.  Lauren is studying on the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development and wants to work with children with Special Educational Needs. 

 Lauren’s tutors nominated her because of her unwavering positivity despite having to cope with difficult personal circumstances.  They wanted to reward her motivation, commitment and determination.   



Kathryn Revill aged 17 from Hornsea, winner of Student of the Year sponsored by Peter Ward Homes and Hunters.  The award recognised Kathryn’s enthusiasm and quality of work.  Kathryn was nominated by her tutors on the Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing course.  They commended her on her first class practical assessments and approach to learning – watching and listening to gain knowledge to produce perfect results.  Kathryn hopes to continue to the next level and on to an apprenticeship.



Neil Auty from Wakefield, winner of Student of the Year sponsored by EYMS Group Limited.  The award recognised Neil’s passion and enthusiasm.  Neil is a UNISON Health and Safety representative employed by Yorkshire Water.  In the past three years, he has studied the TUC Health and Safety courses and last year completed the Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

 Neil is committed to putting the skills and the knowledge he has gained through his studies into practice, making his workplace a safer place for all employees.



Principal Derek Branton said: “Our annual awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of some of our outstanding students and the progress they have made since enrolling at the College.  They thoroughly deserve their moment in the spotlight.”

 The evening included the College's Annual General Meeting - in which Mr Branton looked back on a very successful 2015-16 academic year - and performances by music academy students.  Student band The Underground Owls performed their new song City of Culture written for Hull 2017.