Chesterfield College students bring home national awards

AoC awards - student video of the year

Three talented and inspirational students from Chesterfield College were recognised for their achievements at the Association of Colleges Awards event last week. Colleges and students from across the country were awarded at the glittering ceremony in Birmingham, hosted by Steph McGovern, Journalist and BBC Breakfast presenter.

Media student, Rachel Irving, age 20, won the student video of the year for her entry into the competition to create a film which highlighted ‘How colleges transform lives and communities’. Her video showed how a tutor had developed a career in media because of the experiences she had at college and how she is now using her skills to teach the next generation.

Fellow student, Christina Renshaw, age 17, was named as a runner up in the same competition with her film which highlighted the impact college has on students. You can watch both films here.

AoC student video competition - Christina Renshaw

Plumbing student, Joyce Abumujor, age 51, was named as a runner up in the Adult Student of the Year category sponsored by the Chartered Management Institute. Joyce stood out to judges because of her commitment and drive to get the skills she needs to give vulnerable young girls in Nigeria the opportunity to learn a trade. She plans to work with existing academies in Nigeria and across Africa to teach girls construction skills enabling them to build a career and a brighter future. Joyce juggles studying construction skills with studying for a law degree at the same time as working as a care assistant in hospitals and mental health units.

Joyce Abumujor - AoC awards

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said:

“The Student of the Year awards showcase the very best of college students across the country. They celebrate exceptional students who stand out from the crowd. The finalists are more than deserving of the recognition.”

Julie Richards, Principal and Chief Executive of Chesterfield College Group said:

“It was amazing to see students from Chesterfield College collecting their awards last week. I am really proud of their achievements and very pleased that their efforts and commitment have been recognised. The Association of Colleges awards really did highlight what a difference Further Education Colleges make to students and communities.”