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NSCG Newcastle College celebrates the achievements of adult learners at annual Access to Higher Education Awards

NSCG Newcastle College hosted an end-of-year celebratory awards event for Access to Higher Education students to commemorate a year of hard-work, success, teamwork, and achievements.

Students and staff came together on Thursday 13 June and Friday 14 June to celebrate their success and achievements during their intensive 10-month course.

Awards were presented by staff to individual students, recognising their efforts throughout the year and highlighting the positive impact they had on their peers across the Access to HE pathways.

The event was a poignant moment for everyone to look back on their phenomenal, life-changing year and be part of this special occasion. Having taken the leap back into the world of education, our adult learners have overcome many hurdles, both personally and academically to complete the Access to HE Diploma and look to progress to university to help them to achieve their dream careers


Our Newcastle award winners and categories are as follows:

Health Professionals:

  • Outstanding Contribution in Health Studies - Rees Blakeley-Huxley 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Health Studies (Evening) - Kerry Appleby 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Study Skills - Lacey Closs 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Study Skills (Evening) - Emily Lawson 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Psychology - Kirsty Bowker 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Psychology (Evening)- Hannah Blundred 
  • Progress in Psychology (Evening) - Megan O'Rourke 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Biology - Rees Blakeley-Huxley 
  • Outstanding Contribution in Biology (Evening) - Jess Champ 
  • Progress in Biology (Evening) - Molly Colclough 
  • Overcoming Educational Barriers Award - Maisie McCrae 
  • Developing Confidence Award - Vivian Igjobe

Social Science:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Criminology - Joe Purdy 
  • Outstanding Contribution to Related Studies - Karen Carey 
  • Outstanding Contribution to Psychology - Abigail Swinson 
  • Outstanding Contribution to Study Skills - Milana Jegorkina 
  • Overall Progress in Related Studies - Stevie Roberts 
  • Overall Progress in Psychology - Muhammed Kamal
  • Access to HE Student of the Year 2023-2024 - Michelle Wragg

    Commenting on the awards, Anthony Walton, Curriculum Manager for Access to Higher Education and Adult Education said: ""𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘌 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘶𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘸𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 10 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦."

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