'Learner Voice' celebrated at end of year awards

Award winners from the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology on stage after receiving their awards

City and Islington College’s Centre for Business, Arts and Technology (CBAT) have celebrated the end of the academic year in style by recognising some of its inspiring learners at an end of year award ceremony.

The audience of students, staff and proud parents were treated to music, drama and dance performances which richly reflect the arts courses that the Centre offers.

At the heart of the ceremony was the importance of learners and the learner. Stephen Davis, Director for the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, said: “Tonight is a celebration of everything we do here. We believe that the learner should be at the centre of everything we do and it is our job to do everything we can to improve the life chances of those that come here.

“Whilst we are very proud of the learners who have won awards this evening, they reflect only the tip of the iceberg of what we do and achieve here. We could not do it without all the parents and staff and I thank you for all your support this year.”

Eight awards were given out in total to inspiring students from each curriculum area who have made progress, achieved excellence and made a difference to the life of their peers at the Centre.

Business and Event Management student, Patricia Mbata, won the Learner Rep of the Year Award. Since finishing here course she has gone on to begin a project management apprenticeship at Phoenix, an IT consultancy that provide IT solutions for law firms in the City of London.

She said: “It is so great to study here and I am very proud to have been recognised for this award. The teachers here are so helpful and passionate about what they do, they want to push you so that you can achieve your potential and they don’t want you to fail.

“Students have a chance for their voices to be heard and to create change during their time studying here. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities too, which makes it such a good place to be.”

Magdelaine Gibson won the Media Learner of the Year award and is going on to study Visual Merchandising at University after overcoming significant difficulties in her personal life this year.

She said: “I have learnt during my time here that education is not just about teaching, but having the opportunity and being inspired to go out and find yourself and pursue a career in an area you love. I have had so much support from the College this year and there has always been someone to talk to and get help and advice when I have needed.”

At the end of the ceremony, in the entrance of the building a plaque of commitment to the learner and the learner voice at the Centre was unveiled by Patricia Mbata and College governor and Vice Chair of the Corporation, Kate O’Rourke.

The Centre for Business, Arts and Technology has 1100 16-18 students and over 1000 19+ and Higher Education learners. The Centre has retained 90% of its students and currently achieves success rates of just over 85%. The Centre runs courses from entry level to foundation degree and level 5 and they deliver courses in partnership with top universities and employers.

Follow this link if you would like to see more photos from the awards evening on the College’s flickr page

Full list of award winners

  • ICT Learner of the Year - Ekin pehlivan 
  • Business Learner of the Year - Yuliya Vlahova
  • Media Learner of the Year - Magdelaine Gibson
  • Visual Arts Learner of the Year - Bobbie Neale
  • David Dorne Performing Arts Award - Shanice Christie
  • Learner Rep of the Year - Patricia Mbata
  • CBAT Award for Individual Progress - Lucy Abbott
  • CBAT Directors Prize - Mehran Nasser