Student Awards 2013
City and Islington College has celebrated the outstanding and compelling achievements of its students at the 14th annual Student Awards Ceremony held at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology on Camden Road.
Each year the College believes it is vital to celebrate the achievements of students who have shown wholehearted commitment to their studies, not simply through academic achievement, but through their special efforts and in some cases by overcoming considerable obstacles to achieve success.
Awards are not given simply for academic achievement, such as examination success or high grades, although many of this year’s winners have achieved excellent results. The awards are about honouring those students who have put in the ‘something extra’ that is the key to success.
2013 has been no exception and the stories of that ‘something extra’ have ranged from individuals achieving distinctions whilst competing at elite athletic level, to students giving up mending helicopters in the army in order to learn how to mend people on an Access to Biomedical and Medical Sciences course at Candi.
Centre for Applied Sciences
Desiree has been a model student throughout her time at City and Islington College, consistently gaining distinction grades throughout her two years at the College. She has done all this while training at an elite level in athletics. Desiree also finds the time to help out at open evenings, student award ceremonies and taster days, showing her commitment to the college as well as her training.
Outside of college, Desiree is 200m World youth champion as well as being the fastest U18 in the world for 200m, and the fastest U20 in Europe over 200m. She was also bestowed with the great honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron at last summer's games in London. Desiree also won the Student of the Year Award for 2013.
Centre for Business, Arts and Technology
Klaudia enrolled on a BTEC Level 1 course at the College in 2009 without having achieved any GCSEs (grades A-D) after moving to the UK from Poland with only basic English earlier that year. Since then she has not only passed the level 1 and level 2 courses in Business with high grades but also passed her GCSE Maths and English exams.
She is now on course to achieve Distinctions in her BTEC Extended Diploma Course in Business and Events Management. Klaudia is a committed and dedicated student, determined and resilient, reliable and well-organised. She is naturally inquisitive, interested in her studies, open-minded, and always willing to learn and help peers with their studies.
Alongside her studies she has managed to set up her own cleaning business in her spare time in order to accumulate sufficient funds to facilitate her progression to Higher Education.
Centre for Health, Social and Child Care
Gary McLoughlin, Supporting Teaching & Learning Diploma Level 3
Gary joined the course to gain experience and further his knowledge of teaching, a field he has been passionate about for some time. Originally lacking confidence due to his dyslexia, he has proven himself by showing great interest and is continually keen to learn.
Gary has consistently surpassed expectations, going above and beyond in order to achieve his goals.
In addition to his extensive voluntary work for the course, Gary has been involved in extracurricular activities for the College and wider community, giving up his own time to support events such as the Nags Head Christmas Fayre.
Sixth Form College
Ali Al-Sakban, A Level Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics
During his first year at the College, Ali played a big role in caring for his Mother, who sadly passed away during this time.
Ali has proactively organised a variety of medical work placements for himself at hospitals, GP Practices, and has volunteered with the charity ‘Be Clear on Cancer’, as well as working as an NHS Stop Smoking Advisor.
He has achieved all this in addition to tutoring GCSE Maths and Science to younger students in his free time, and acts as a great support to his fellow College students.
Centre for Lifelong Learning
David Kelly, Entry Level 2 Workshop
David has returned to study after a lifetime of work. He has steadily worked his way up through hard work, genuine interest in learning, and dedication.
His attendance and punctuality have been exemplary. The contributions he makes move the learning of the whole class forward, and he has made a great impression on all those who have taught him. David takes every opportunity to extend his learning independently and participates wholeheartedly in a range of enrichment activities.