On Friday 12th May, University College Isle of Man (UCM) held its annual awards night which saw Further Education level students recognised for their outstanding achievements this year.
The evening highlighted students who have achieved academic success and displayed continuous dedication and commitment throughout their course.
Whilst highlighting their achievements, the ceremony was also an opportunity for students to celebrate with peers and those who have supported them.
Selected students from across all subject areas were nominated by their tutors.
The ceremony opened with a speech from the Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, Hon Julie Edge MHK, who congratulated the students on their impressive accomplishments this year, “Seeing so many of you who have flourished, achieved so much this year and are continuing to shine, truly makes tonight a very positive and inspiring occasion to be part of.”
“I hope that during your studies at UCM, you have found it to be an environment which has supported you in discovering your passions, cultivated a feeling of confidence and curiosity, and equipped you with valuable skills which will prepare you for higher education or entering the world of work.”
The ceremony’s highlighted awards included the Student of the Year, which was presented to Level 3 Health & Social Care student Jamie Brew, and Apprentice of the Year, which was awarded to Level 3 Dental Nursing student Izabella Sime. Both awards were supported by Utmost International which provided prizes for the winning students.
Additionally, the Heather Christian Award, which is presented in recognition of outstanding peer support, was awarded to Paige Killey for her consistent hard work and commitment to her course, along with the Student Engagement Award which was presented to Lily Jones.
Guest speaker, former student Chris Kissack, who studied at UCM more than 25 years ago, delivered an inspiring speech about how his student years were “pivotal and life-changing” which set him up for a successful career. Chris is well-known in the esports and marketing industry.
Jesamine Kelly, UCM Principal, closed the evening by expressing her pride for all of the night’s award winners and the exceptional effort they have shown throughout their studies this year. She also emphasised how although for some students, their time at UCM is complete, there will always be support and guidance available to them at UCM.