UCM Celebrates Students Successes

Last week University College Isle of Man (UCM) held its annual celebration of completing Further Education and Apprenticeship students at ‘The UCM Awards’ at the Villa Marina.

The event saw more than 45 students collect awards having been selected by their tutors for outstanding commitment, resilience and achievement. 

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Minister, Mr Alfred Cannan MHK, along with parents and carers, friends, family, local employers and dignitaries, attended the event which was officially opened by the Minister for Education, Sport & Culture, Mrs Daphne Caine MHK.

During his closing speech, the Chief Minister congratulated the students for completing their qualification and assured them of the important role they will play in the success of the Island as they step into the world of work or move on to university.   

As well as awards presented to students in their subject areas, UCM awarded Freddie Sanders the Student Engagement Award, Kyle James the Heather Christian Award, which recognises outstanding peer support, Alex Marsh as Apprentice of the year and finally Keira Hay as Student of the year.

Utmost International kindly provided prizes for the Apprentice and Student of the year awards.

In line with this year’s event’s ‘Inspire’ theme, Chloe Irving delivered an inspiring speech about hard work and pursuing your dreams. Chloe who is a 2023 Gef 30 Under 30 winner, set up her own social media business and works with clients such as Warner Music, Jake Bugg and Kylie Minogue.

The event also featured congratulation videos from staff and a video from Student Council president Paige Killey.

UCM’s Principal Jesamine Kelly said: ‘The UCM Awards is a real high point in our calendar. It’s a fantastic opportunity to show our students how proud we are of all their hard work and commitment. It’s lovely to see staff, families and friends all celebrating with the students who are completing their course, and having His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Minister and Minister Caine showing their support, really highlights to our students the role they have in the success of our community. A big well done to all the students who took away an award.’

Award winners