Former students of Huddersfield New College have started the new year in style, as the class of 2014 gathered at Huddersfield Town Hall for the college’s annual awards evening.

In front of a packed out auditorium, approximately 900 special guests, staff, students and their families came together to celebrate the achievements of Huddersfield New College’s Class of 2014, making it the most successful awards ceremony for the college in seven years.

Special guest, Professor Bob Cryan CBE, The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and fellow Huddersfield New College alumnus, attended the event as a guest speaker and to present a well-deserved award.

All the students in attendance had an extra reason to celebrate this year, as they all played a part in helping the college to post its best ever exam results in August 2014, ensuring that the college remained in the top 10% of sixth form colleges nationwide for student performance.

Over 350 students were recognised for their achievements at college, receiving certificates, vouchers and plaques to celebrate and reward their success. Five of those students were also given special awards for their exceptional performance inside and outside of college.

The evening’s first special award, the Huddersfield New College Award for Contribution to the Wider Community was presented to Chris Vaughan by the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Paul Kane. Chris raised over £2500 for a charity close to his heart, RP Fighting Blindness.

Tehreem Hassan was presented the Professor Bob Cryan CBE Personal Award for Most Inspiring Student. Professor Cryan CBE himself presented the award, after she was nominated by her Health and Social Care teachers. Unfortunately, Tehreem was unable to collect the award herself, so Head of Health and Social Care, Chris Madej, collected the award on her behalf.

Casey Hartley-Walker and Shauna Halstead both received the Sheffield Hallam University Annual Academic Achievement Award, presented by the Chair of Governors, Philip Hume. Both students achieved a fantastic 3 A*s at A Level in 2014.

The final special award of the evening was presented by the college’s Principal, Angela Williams to Mohammed Umar Saleem, who was nominated for the Contribution to the College Community Award.

Phillip Hume provided the closing remarks after Student Union representative, Saliha Kadhim’s, vote of thanks.

Principal, Angela Williams, said “We are very proud of our Class of 2014. Their academic achievement speaks for itself- top 10% nationally for performance on A Levels and BTECs! But more than this, they leave us many treasured memories of their time with us. They have genuinely made our college a better place to be. We will miss them and we wish them every success and happiness in the future”.


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