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Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group celebrate learners at awards ceremonies

Staff, students and employers gathered at Staffordshire County Show Ground and Keele University earlier this month for the Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group’s (NSCG) annual Celebration Awards.

Almost 80 awards were presented during the two evenings for outstanding achievements in a number of areas, including academic and creative studies, vocational studies, skills and technology subjects, apprenticeships and for employer recognition.

The event was attended by the award winners and their families, lecturers, governors, partner employers and special guests Professor Trevor McMillan OBE, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University and Steve Tellwright, People and Quality Director at Capula.

The Celebration Awards are a key event in the NSCG calendar and provides staff and students with the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of the past academic year.

The evening began with an incredible performance by college students.  This was followed by an introduction to the evenings’ proceedings by Principal and Chief Executive of NSCG, Craig Hodgson who welcomed guests to the events.

During the event, the award winners’ outstanding achievements were highlighted, detailing why they had been nominated for their category.

The evening wrapped up by awarding the prestigious Principal’s Award, which goes to two students, one studying an academic pathway and one studying a vocational pathway.

We Are Staffordshire proudly sponsored awards at both events. At NSCG Stafford College, Student Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Zach who co-founded the ‘Born This Way’ club, creating a safe space and platform for LGBTQ+ students at the college. At NSCG Newcastle College, the Principal’s Award, which was won by Sharon. Sha was born in Italy, raised in Ghana and has excelled in his Health and Social Care Course, in addition to being President of the Student Union. His hard work has seen him secure a place to study Biomedical Science at Keele University.

Craig Hodgson, Principal and Chief Executive at NSCG Stafford College, said: “The Celebration Awards have become an iconic evening for everyone at NSCG, each year I’m blown away by the stories of achievement and it brings me such pride to be able to celebrate the incredible successes of our students, apprentices and employers.

“I would like to thank our headline sponsor, our guests and the team at Keele University and Stafford County Show Ground for their support throughout the evening.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to all our other sponsors and award presenters for their time and generosity.

“Finally, I would also like to acknowledge NSCG’s talented and dedicated staff who work so hard to create a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for our learners, ensuring they leave us ready to progress and confident in their next steps.”


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