Higher Education Awards Ceremony 2018

We were delighted to host our twenty second Higher Education Awards Ceremony on Saturday 13th October at our Pencoed Campus, with almost 200 Higher Education (HE) learners acknowledged across 2 ceremonies.

Graduates celebrated with their family and friends with a canapé reception in between the ceremonies, and were conferred by Dr Francis Cowe, Director FE Partnerships of the University of South Wales and Jacqui Boddington, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Engagement) of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Each ceremony included a musical interlude which was performed by the College’s talented learners from the department of Performing Arts. The learners and guests present were treated to a medley of songs from the popular film ‘The Greatest Showman’.

The College was delighted to award its 2018 Honorary Fellowships to two individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to Bridgend and the wider community. Our morning ceremony recognised Neil Robinson MBE for his outstanding contribution to disabled sport. Neil began studying a City and Guilds Electrical Engineering course with Bridgend College in 1974, suffering a life changing spinal injury during his third year of study. During rehabilitation, Neil found a passion for wheelchair tennis and returned to Bridgend College in 1979 to study Business Studies before moving onwards to Swansea, completing a HND in Business Studies where he was awarded the Principal’s prize in 1983.

During his 27 year table tennis career, Neil has competed at 7 Paralympics winning 7 medals. In 2009, Neil became GB Para Tennis National Coach and to date, players under his guidance have won 3 Paralympic Games medals, 7 World Championship medals and 23 European Championship medals. Neil received an MBE in 2012 for his services to disabled sport. He is currently coaching the GB Performance team in the Tokyo 2020 cycle.

Our afternoon ceremony recognised Madeline Moon MP for her hard work and enthusiasm to Bridgend County Borough. Madeline has been the Member of Parliament for Bridgend since the 2005 general election, having held a variety of roles and responsibilities within the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Energy and Climate Change departments during her career. Later in 2010, Madeline was elected to the United Kingdom Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Before her election in 2005, Madeline also held a number of local political positions within the Bridgend community. Madeline was a Councillor on Porthcawl Town Council for many years, serving as its Mayor on two occasions. She also sat on Bridgend County Borough Council and Ogwr Borough Council.

Bridgend College were thrilled to award both Neil and Madeline as Honorary Fellows during the ceremony.

Amongst many achievements this year, out of all the FE Colleges in the UK, Bridgend College were crowned ‘FE College of the Year’ in the ‘WhatUni’ Student Choice Awards.  We were also announced as the winners of the ‘Care Employer Award’ at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards. At the beginning of the year, we were named as winner of the Associate of Colleges Beacon Award for Leadership and Governance. All of the above are a well deserved recognitions of the passion and commitment of our fantastic staff, amazing governors and talented learners.

Congratulations Class of 2018/ Llongyfarchiadau Dosbarth 2018.