Walsall College celebrated the success of students at its annual Adult Students’ Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 23rd May.
During the evening, 23 outstanding students were presented with Student of the Year Awards for achieving excellence in their area of study, along with an award for the overall Adult Student of the Year, won by HE Photography student, Taylor-Louise Bird.
Taylor,23, started her journey at Walsall College in 2010 on an Achieving Together programme, after leaving school with very few GCSEs. However, she is now in the final year of a BA Honours Level 6 Degree course in Photography and has already set up her own photography business with a growing client base.
The VIP event, held in the college’s £11m Business and Sports Hub, was attended by around 100 guests who enjoyed a pre-drinks reception and four course meal and performances by Music students.
Guest speaker at the event was Paul Vaughan, who has recently been appointed Director of Nursing – Transformation at NHS England.
Taking place just ahead of the Festival of Learning month, the college’s Adult Students’ Awards Ceremony provided a high profile occasion for outstanding adult students to shine.
Jatinder Sharma OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College, said: “The Adult Students’ Awards Ceremony was an ideal opportunity for Walsall College to celebrate the fantastic achievements our students have made.
“Holding the event ahead of the Festival of Learning is our way of supporting the initiative and demonstrates how outstanding learning really can change lives. Last year Walsall College helped thousands of adults get back into education and these exceptional students are real life examples of people who have excelled through vocational learning and are an inspiration to others.
“We’d also like to thank Paul Vaughan for being our guest speaker and providing our students with a fascinating and inspiring insight into his successful career.”