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November 2014

  1. Student success at Derwentside College

    21 student superstars were shining brightly as they celebrated at Derwentside College’s Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in November.  The evening was attended by over 250 guests from across the region, with 21 students receiving special…

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    21 student superstars were shining brightly as they celebrated at Derwentside College’s Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in November.  The evening was attended by over 250 guests from across the region, with 21 students receiving special awards for academic excellence and personal endeavour.  Two of these awards were sponsored by Sir Bob Murray, both for Personal Achievement- Louise Bowman (Employability Skills) and Kerrieanne Derbyshire (Prince’s Trust).

    Sir Bob commented: “I am very proud to be associated with Derwentside College in my home-town of Consett and delighted to sponsor the special  awards for outstanding personal achievement. I would like to congratulate Louise and Kerrieanne on their awards and wish them every success in the future.”

    Guest presenters at the ceremony were Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw from Heart Radio North East, whilst Andrew Hodgson, CEO of Wallsend based SMD and Vice Chair of the North East LEP was the College’s Guest of Honour.

    The evening culminated with the announcement of Student of the Year which was presented to Mark Stewart, an Advanced Apprentice at Pinnacle Re-Tec, based in Consett, for his outstanding achievements demonstrated throughout his studies. Mark said, “I was thrilled to have been nominated for an award, but to win Student of the Year was absolutely fantastic.  The proudest moment was knowing that my family, my employer and my assessor were there to see this.”

    Principal and Chief Executive, Karen Redhead said, “Our Awards evening is about celebrating success, the success of individuals in achieving their goals by progressing to further and higher education, by securing employment and the success of the college working with employers to raise skill levels and improve quality.”

    “Success rates on our classroom-based courses are very high, placing us again in the top 10 percent of all colleges in the country for the majority of our programmes and we have maintained this strong position for the last four years.  In the last 12 months alone we have delivered learning aims to 10,759 students, we had 5,234 apprentices in 20 different occupational areas of learning and we worked with 1,159 employers.”

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2013
  1. Sir Bob Murray with Electrical Engineering student Mandy Davison and her two children

    Sir Bob returns to his roots

    Sir Bob returned to his roots in November as guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his hometown of Consett. Bob was invited to speak at the ceremony and personally sponsored four…

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    Sir Bob Murray with Electrical Engineering student Mandy Davison and her two children

    Sir Bob returned to his roots in November as guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his hometown of Consett.

    Bob was invited to speak at the ceremony and personally sponsored four new special achievement awards which he presented to students.

    Sir Bob said; “I was thrilled to be invited to Derwentside College’s annual awards ceremony to be guest speaker.  As a former student it was a great opportunity to share my personal story and demonstrate the power of education to transform a young person’s life – namely my own.

    “I left school with just one O-Level, and with twice as many people looking for jobs due to the baby boom after the war, I was unemployed for a year. It was a really difficult time for me and changed my outlook on life forever.

    “I realised the value and importance of education and studied part time for the next ten years to further my education and never looked back. I am truly passionate about education.

    “I had a wonderful evening meeting the students and their families and celebrating their outstanding achievements and success.

    “It was also fantastic to see how Derwentside College has invested and expanded in recent years by working closely with regional employers, advancing apprenticeships and growing student numbers. It is a highly respected institution and has grown into an extremely successful business.

    Derwentside College celebrated the success of all graduating students and 21 students received special awards for academic excellence and endeavour on the night.

    Four of the students received Special Achievements awards sponsored by Sir Bob Murray personally; Natalie Dixon (Customer Service), Wayne Spears (Information Technology), Heather Louise Robinson (Business Administration) and Mandy Davison (Electrical Engineering).

    Mandy Davison said; “I was thrilled to have been nominated but to have won the ‘Sir Bob Murray Award for Special Achievement in Electrical Engineering’ and then to have him present it to me was absolutely fantastic. The proudest moment for me was knowing that my children were there to see this.”

    Principal Albert Croney said; “It was an honour for the College to have Sir Bob, a former student, with us for such a special evening, especially as this was the first time that the Awards had been held on our College campus.

    “Our Awards evening  is about celebrating success, the success of individuals in achieving their goals by progressing to higher education or securing employment, and the success of the college working with employers and their workforce to raise skill levels and improve productivity.

    “The college has enjoyed very high success rates again this year that place us in the top 10% of all colleges nationally for the majority of our further education provision.  In the last 12 months alone we have delivered 465 different learning aims to 9493 students, had 4518 apprentices in 29 different occupational areas and we have worked with 1127 different employers.”

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September 2013

  1. Sir Bob Murray shaking hands with Albert Croney at Derwentside College

    Sir Bob to celebrate student success

    Sir Bob will be guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his home town of Consett later this year. Bob is increasingly recognised as a leading advocate of the power of education…

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    Sir Bob Murray shaking hands with Albert Croney at Derwentside College

    Sir Bob will be guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his home town of Consett later this year.

    Bob is increasingly recognised as a leading advocate of the power of education to change young people’s lives and will personally sponsor four new special achievement awards for local students.

    Sir Bob said: “It is an honour to be invited to be the guest speaker at the Annual Awards ceremony at Derwentside College This will be the second time I have given an address at Derwentside, having been previously invited in 2001.

    “Derwentside College has an excellent track record and enviable reputation in vocational training and education and plays an important role in shaping the future destinies of young people.

    “I left school at 16 with just one O’ Level and the baby boom in the immediate aftermath of the war meant that there were twice as many people looking for work in 1961 and no prospect of me joining the steelworks where my father had worked. They were difficult times and being out of work had a profound and lasting impact on my life.

    “Initially I had nowhere to turn and was unemployed for a year. That experience changed my outlook on life forever and gave me the drive and ambition to change my life.

    “It took me 10 years of studying part time to further my education and get qualified but the most important step I took was enrolling at Derwentside College in 1963. I never looked back and am a passionate supporter of education. I know from personal experience how education can change your outlook on life and I want to encourage as many young people and adult returners to think about doing the same.

    “I’m delighted to be sponsoring four new special achievement awards from this year, as I also want to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most dedicated and hard-working students from the College.”

    Albert Croney, Principal and Chief Executive of Derwentside College, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Bob Murray as our Guest of Honour for this year’s award ceremony.  As a former student, Bob has shown the extent of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

    “Our awards evening will showcase the success of students and the on-going support and commitment we provide to a number of local and regional employers.  Four-years ago the College worked with 2374 learners and this has risen to over 9000 this year.  I am pleased to say that Derwentside College continues to go from strength-to-strength and is supporting more learners and businesses in the region and beyond.”

    Derwentside College provides an impressive learning environment for a wide range of vocational courses for young people aged from 14+, as well as adults returning to education. It has excellent achievement rates and attracts students from a wide geographic area from Ashington in the North, to Harrogate in the South, to Carlisle in the West and South Shields in the East.

     

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