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College celebrates success with star-studded awards evening

1st July 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) held its annual awards celebration on 28th June at the College’s £5.5million Performing Arts Centre, where 36 different awards were made for outstanding contributions and successes.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) held its annual awards celebration on 28th June at the College’s £5.5million Performing Arts Centre, where 36 different awards were made for outstanding contributions and successes.

Among the awards presented for the first time were the Xtra of the Year award, Outstanding Achievement in Maths and English awards and the NULC Fellowship award, sponsored by Knights 1759 Solicitors, which was awarded to Pete Bebb.

Pete, an NULC alumnus, who studied Art and Design at the College in the early 1990’s, is now an Oscar and BAFTA winning Visual Effects Artist (VFX) working for world famous VFX Company, Double Negative in London. Starting as a runner and progressing with the company to reach his present role of Computer Graphics Supervisor, he has helped to create visual effects for numerous blockbuster movies, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception, for which he won his Oscar and BAFTA trophies.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at the College said: “Pete is an inspiring and talented man who has contributed too many memorable films. He sets a great example to past and present students and shows that with talent, hard work and determination, you can go on to reach the very top of your chosen profession.”

Pete added: “I’d like to thank everyone at NULC who considered me such a worthy contender for this award and bestowing me with such an honour.”

Among other guests who attended the ceremony was Staffordshire University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Liz Barnes and England World-Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE. Gordon presented The Gordon Banks Award for Sporting Excellence, sponsored by Stoke City FC which was awarded to Richard James.

Richard, formerly of Madeley High School is an apprentice within the College’s Academy of Sport and was nominated due to his passion and commitment to the Volleyball Academy, helping to lead the men’s volleyball team to win the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Championships.

Students Kaymen Lewis-Johnson who studies the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering and Jayne Tomkinson who studies A levels in Law, Psychology and Sociology, both formerly of Wolstanton High School, were each selected to receive the Principal’s award. The awards were sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton and Keele University.

Karen Dobson said: “These students have had to overcome real adversity. Their determination to succeed in their studies has been recognised and both are worthy winners of this award.”

Karen added: “Our ambition is to develop students to be enterprising and make a positive contribution to the cultural and economic prosperity of North Staffordshire and beyond. Staff do everything they can to ensure our students achieve success in their studies and ultimately go on to thrive in the businesses and communities in which they live and work.”

Photographs of the 2016 Celebration Awards event and each award winner are available at www.nulc.ac.uk/awards or if you would like to nominate an award for the 2017 Celebration Awards. Email marketing@nulc.ac.uk.

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