Riverside Colleges annual Graduation Ceremony, which took place at St Paul’s Church, welcomed both Higher Education and Access to Higher Education students from the College. Their graduation certificates were presented by the Mayor of Halton, Councillor Margaret Ratcliffe and Riverside College Governors, the Chair Alan Bennett and Vice Chair Peter O’Donnell.
Student Victoria Lewis from Runcorn had even more to celebrate after being awarded ‘Riverside College Higher Education student of the Year 2013’ at the event.
Joanna Frith-Jones, Head of Higher Education at Riverside College said, “Victoria Lewis was a very worthy and popular winner of the award in recognition of her tremendous progress on the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector course both in her academic writing and teaching, learning and assessment practices. As well as managing family commitments, she worked with great enthusiasm and tenacity to meet assignment deadlines. She completed her teaching placement at Riverside College and fully contributed to teamwork within the area, promoting best practice in teaching Complimentary Therapies.”
St Paul’s church provided a wonderful location for the ceremony which also recognised the achievements of other exceptional students. These included Lisa Turner from Runcorn who was presented with the ‘Ascentis Award for Academic Excellence’ and the David J Moore Memorial Bursary 2013 which was awarded to Lisa by the Access to Higher Education awarding body. Lisa was nominated after displaying a perfect example of the ethos of Access being focussed on a career in midwifery. She achieved success on the course through hard work and extensive independent research. Her hard work and desire to learn led to excellent results and a place in Bangor University to study midwifery.
Access student Lindsey Clarke, from Liverpool, was awarded ‘Access to Higher Education Student of the Year 2013’ after displaying a mature attitude throughout her courses. She always maintained a focused view of what she wanted to achieve on the qualification. She embraced the responsibility of completing work outside the classroom and this ability to work independently resulted in her achieving distinctions throughout her course. In addition, she successfully achieved two GCSEs, one in English and one in Maths, from which she has progressed to Salford University to study a degree in Occupational Health.
Riverside College offers full and part time degree and higher education courses in Health and Social Care, Early Years, Business and Management, Computing and Systems Development, Sport and Counselling as well as the PTLLS and DTLLS teacher training courses and a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses.