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Student Excellence Awards 2019

Student Excellence Awards 2019

A sparkling evening of celebration and congratulations was held at the Student Excellence Awards 2019.

Learners from The Manchester College, higher education provider UCEN Manchester, and apprenticeship specialists Total People enjoyed the special event at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, which celebrated amazing achievements by students, learners and apprentices from across LTE Group businesses.

Guests including tutors, employers and invited family members enjoyed a drinks reception and three course meal, entertainment from The Manchester College band D-Star, and magician and College student Hamza Ijaz before the winner of each of the 21 award categories were revealed.

The full list of Student Excellence Awards Winners 2019 are as follows:

Academic Studies Student of the Year

Gulafrose Saiyed

Automotive, Logistics, Construction and Engineering Student of the Year

Ryan Dunn

Business, Computing and Creative Digital Student of the Year

Venus Ubah

Creative Arts Student of the Year

Kemani Anderson

English and Maths Student of the Year

Devan Pratapcim

ESOL, Communities and Work Student of the Year

Magda Krer

Service and Retail Industries Student of the Year

Nathan Fletcher

Sport, Public Services and Care Professions Student of the Year

Brandi Booth

Student Ambassador of the Year

Onos Evans Adams

Supported Learning Student of the Year

Christopher Mahon

Teacher Education Student of the Year

Geeta Aggarwal

The Seminary Student of the Year

Rahel Amoyelle

The Work Experience Student of the Year

Poppy Beswick

The Manchester College 14-16 Student of the Year

Luke Fletcher

The Manchester College 16-18 Student of the Year

Shafia Fiaz

The Manchester College Adult Student of the Year

Neil Brown

Bright Star Award

Ashlea Cook

UCEN Manchester Student of the Year

Vejay Patel

Total People Intermediate Apprentice of the Year

Laura Wileman

Total People Advanced Apprentice of the Year

Tia Cavanagh

Student Excellence Awards 2019 Student of the Year

Poppy Beswick

Venus Ubah

In a surprise twist, Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College, selected two students – Venus Ubah and Poppy Beswick - to share the honour of being named Student of the Year.

Venus, who had collected the Business, Computing and Creative Digital Student of the Year award, said: “This is so overwhelming, I’m just going to cry. When Lisa O’Loughlin called my name, I just froze. I really thought it would go to someone else, there are students who have achieved more than me and got higher grades.


I’ve been through so much in my life but this award just shows that all the struggle was worth it and that the future holds greatness.

Poppy, who had earlier won the Work Experience Student of the Year award, said: “I’m honestly so, so grateful, it’s an amazing achievement for my CV. Thanks so much for my mum and sister for supporting me, even though times have been hard, and thank you so much to my tutor for nominating me Louise Loxton.”

Speaking on the night, Lisa said: “Our College is the largest in Europe, Ofsted ‘Good’ and the number one in Greater Manchester for achievement. UCEN Manchester is a first-class technical and professional higher education organisation and Total People is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships and work-based learning in the North West.

“Our finalists tonight are the top 63 selected from thousands – making the people in the room truly the cream of the crop of our amazing students and apprentices.

“All of you should be extremely proud to be here tonight because we have chosen you for the dedication and commitment you have shown to your studies, your work placements and your apprenticeships, and the support you have given to your peers or your community.”

Find out more about the wide range of courses available at The Manchester College Open Day, The UCEN Manchester Open Day and the Total People website.