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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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1962
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    First job and move to Yorkshire

    In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham….

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    Letter of appointment

    In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham.

    He then joined Consett Iron Company as an office boy delivering mail and progressed to the wages department a year later before moving into the accounts department as a clerk. Bob now knew that he wanted his career to be in Accountancy and was very driven to succeed.

    He continued his studies at Consett Technical College and his work at evening classes paid off. He attained O-levels in History, Maths, English, Accountancy, Economics and Law, an A-level in Accountancy and an ONC in Business Studies before progressing to study Accountancy at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) on day release in 1967.

    Opportunities in the North East were limited and moving to further his career was inevitable. It was clear he would need to move away from his home-town of Consett to further his career dreams.

    He applied for a number of positions in Yorkshire and finally made the move south in 1968. At the age of 22 he successfully applied for a job as Assistant Financial Accountant at the head office of chemicals company Albright and Wilson in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

    He continued his day release and evening studies at Leeds Metropolitan University (then Polytechnic) where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 1972, aged 26 years. He was awarded a fellowship by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in 1979.

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1961
  1. Bob in Consett

    An ambition to succeed

    Bob’s progress at school was hindered by a childhood accident and he left school with just one O’ Level. The baby boom in the immediate aftermath of the war meant that there were twice as…

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    Bob revisits Consett and the site of Consett steelworks

    Bob’s progress at school was hindered by a childhood accident and he left school with just one O’ Level. The baby boom in the immediate aftermath of the war meant that there were twice as many people looking for work in 1961 and there was no prospect of him joining the local steelworks at Consett where his father worked. They were difficult times and being out of work had a significant and lasting impact on his life.

    Initially he had nowhere to turn and was unemployed for a year. That experience changed Bob’s outlook on life forever and gave him the driving ambition to change his life and succeed.

    He started by enrolling for evening classes four nights a week at Consett Technical College to further his education.

    He recalls, “It was a hard time in my life and I knew I never wanted to be unemployed or feel like that again. The experience had a profound effect on my life. I missed out on my youth and between the ages of 15 and 25 when all my friends were out every night, I was in studying.”

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