On Wednesday 21st October, successful students from Riverside College’s Higher Education and Access courses were honoured at the annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony.
The event took place at St Paul’s Church in Widnes and celebrated the success of graduates from the College’s degree level courses and students who had achieved their Access to Higher Education qualifications.
Special congratulations went to Rebecca Moorhead from Widnes who was presented with the Higher Education Student of the Year Award after achieving her Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (at postgraduate level).
Rebecca’s journey to become a teacher began back in 2010 at Riverside College. She successfully completed a Foundation Degree in Business before progressing onto a top-up Degree in Business at Edge Hill University. She returned to Riverside College in September 2013 to start her Post Graduate Certificate Education, where she demonstrated great enthusiasm and passion for teaching. She is now permanently employed as a teacher of Business at Riverside College and is a fantastic ambassador for Higher Education and lifelong learning.
Attending the event were the Mayor of Halton Councillor Ellen Cargill, Reverend Greg Sharples and Chair of Governors Alan Bennett. They were joined at St Paul’s Church by College Principal Mary Murphy, staff and students from Riverside College and their family and friends.
Mary Murphy, Riverside College Principal said, “The annual graduation ceremony is one of the key events in the College calendar which celebrates the hard work, achievements and determination of our students. It also affirms the College’s commitment to providing opportunities for local people to gain access to higher level qualifications.”
Helen London, Head of Teacher Development and Higher Education at Riverside College said, “I am very proud of all of our students graduating this year. They have worked really very hard to achieve their qualifications. It was a delight to celebrate the achievements of both pre- university Access and Higher Education students at this truly prestigious event.
“There are so many reasons to choose Riverside College for both Access to Higher Education and Higher Education courses. We are delighted that so many students have decided to stay local to obtain their HND, foundation degree and for the very first time this year full honours degrees”.
Higher Education Graduates
Becky Ivatt, Maria Guilfoyle, Kirsty Hayden, Donna Marie Lauder, Natasha Powell-Hjort, Steven Whitfield, Michelle Wynn
HND Business (Management)
Jamie Cole, Sarah Leslie, Warren Lewis, Abbie Wilson
HNC Health and Social Care
Sarah Crompton, Danielle Myers, Julie Sheridan, Jackie Thain
HND Health and Social Care
Maura Dorrian, Frank Horrigan, Suzanne Mason, Nicole Myers
HND Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families
Linda Bowman, Hayley Clear, Joanne Galloway, Christine Heffernan, Stacey King, Carys Moss, Katie Scutt, Megan Thomas, Lisa Marie Tudor
HND Computing & Systems Development
Daniel Ackerley, Leanne Bromiley, Adam Flaherty, Calum Hankinson, Lauren Jones, Arkadiusz Pniewski, Deanna Wheatcroft
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
Alexandra Bate, Claire Brownbill, Rebecca Moorhead, Barry Morris, Joanne Pitt, Linda Vichos
Foundation Degree in Counselling
Lesley Barlow, Janette Boynes, Rachel Cade, Sharon Clark, Lisa Marie Cole, Louise Delooze, Sandra Duffy, Olivia Edwardson, Linda Fitzpatrick, Carrie Foster, Kathryn Jenkins, Gael Keller, Kate Knight, Gail Marie Knowles, Victoria Samlofski, Philip Sheriton, Ashley Smith, Kate Tobin, Cheryl Warburton
BSc (Hons) Counselling
Louise Allen, Donna Annesley, Jenna Connor, Marion Doyle, Debbie Fairhurst, Hazel Hunt, Tracey Tilston, Louise Warren, Zoe Whittle
BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development
Higher Education Student of The Year Award
Rebecca Moorhead (Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
Access to Higher Education Awards
Access to Higher Education (Business)
Catherine Smith, Joseph Stafford, Neil Worthington
Access to Higher Education (Nursing & Midwifery)
Victoria Allen, Amanda Banks, Jennifer Boyd, Nichola Davidson, Kerry Jenkinson, Matthew O’Brien, Rebecca Ruane, Laura Walmesley
Access to Higher Education (Allied Health)
Gemma Baker, Lucy Cartledge, Leah Gorry, Daniel Litherland, Gareth Ujvari, Joe Unsworth
Access to Higher Education (Humanities)
Rebecca Connaughton, Jamie Lee Purnell, Haley Roach, Kenneth Rushworth, Kieran Sprung, Jamie Viggers
Access to Higher Education (Social Science)
Emma Clayton, Emily Davidson, Collette Dowd, Chloe Gaffney, Emma Gillan, Sarah Millett, Paul Quinn, Laura Reavey, Emma Taylor, Sintija Ziraka
Access to Higher Education (Primary Teaching)
Access Student of the Year Award