Glenn Bunce was crowned Super Star by Olympic swimmer and television personality Sharron Davies at Uxbridge College's Annual Awards 2010.

Uxbridge College students were honoured for their achievements with awards presented by swimming champion and television personality Sharron Davies MBE.

Achievers of all ages celebrated with around 500 friends, family and staff at Uxbridge College's Annual Awards

Glenn Bunce was crowned Super Star by Olympic swimmer and television personality Sharron Davies at Uxbridge College's Annual Awards 2010.

Uxbridge College students were honoured for their achievements with awards presented by swimming champion and television personality Sharron Davies MBE.

Achievers of all ages celebrated with around 500 friends, family and staff at Uxbridge College's Annual Awards Ceremony 2010 on 23 September, at The Beck Theatre in Grange Road, Hayes.

The winners were chosen from among the 10,000 full-time and part-time students at the College, which has campuses in Uxbridge and Hayes in west London, and recently became the best in London for educating young people for the fourth year running.*

Awards included Achievement Awards for each of the College's teaching areas, Star Awards, and Special Awards.

The overall winner, the Super Star - sponsored by Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets - was Glenn Bunce of Northolt.

Catering student Glenn studied at Uxbridge College for three years, making enormous progress. He has now completed his Professional Cookery qualification and secured a job at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London's Pall Mall, under renowned chef Phillip Corrick. Initially a very quiet young man, Glenn's confidence grew through his hard work and commitment. He often volunteered to do extra shifts at Lifestyles training restaurant, which is open to the public, to help out and improve his skills. A great influence on his peers, he has also taken on cooking jobs outside his studies - sometimes three at a time!

Among the other winners were:

Kesavan Selvamalar (39) of West Drayton
English Language Teaching Star Award

Kesavan, a single mother, completed her Level 1 in English for Speakers of Other Languages and then transferred up to ESOL L2 the same year, despite finding parts of it very difficult. She passed her speaking, listening and writing exams in three months, when many find this extremely difficult in the year it is supposed to take. She also does voluntary work teaching maths to children.

Lethu Mathema (18) of Northwood
Engineering Technology Star Award

This Motor Vehicle engineering student started out as a complete novice but has become extremely accomplished in a year. He is now competent both in and out of the workshop, so much so that one of his job cards was used as an example to other students. He achieves top marks and has excellent attendance and punctuality. English is his second language so he has had to spend the year learning the language too.

Sulita Dhebar-Brennan (45) of Hayes
Teacher Education Star Award

While training to qualify as a teacher, this mother of five has helped show other trainee teachers how to communicate effectively with others who, like her, have a hearing impairment. She has made learning deaf signing achievable and fun, ensuring discussions were lively and on topic. She has contributed very positively in class, and been extremely supportive to others.

Elizabeth Hutchison (48) of Harefield
Business Higher Education Award

She has achieved a two-year Higher National Certificate in Business while facing many additional challenges. A nurse for more than 30 years, she gained a management position in a cardiology department at Northwick Park Hospital at the same time as starting her course. While this was good news, it still carried additional stresses and responsibilities. During her studies she has also had to deal with the loss of her mother - and found herself caring for her husband through illness.

Roshan Singh (29) of Hounslow
Ian Hebditch Award

This profoundly deaf student has succeeded on his BTEC National Diploma in Dance. While he cannot hear, he can feel the bass line of the music and uses it as a guide, and takes cues from his peers. He is always in time with his group. At times it is not possible for him to have a communication support worker and he has found ways to deal with this. He is open minded, willing to follow direction, always prepared to learn new styles of dance, and to adapt to every challenge he faces.

On the awards night, special guest Sharron Davies, talked about her career, praised students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.

Sharron told the packed theatre: "To be the best college in London for young learners is something to be very, very proud of. Do not go through life saying 'what if?' Give it a go and give it 100%. It's not always the destination but the journey - you are just starting yours and I am quite envious of you."

Sharron's high profile career has spanned over 35 years including competing in three Olympics and attending six as a broadcaster. She has won numerous major titles and medals, set 200 British records - some of which still stand - and five World Masters records. She was Amazon in ITV's Gladiators, presented Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, and took part in ITV's Dancing on Ice. She will be a key part of the BBC commentary team for this year's Commonwealth games in Delhi, and the 2012 Olympics.

Principal of Uxbridge College, Laraine Smith, said: "This annual event is one of Uxbridge College's most important because it honours the incredible and varied achievements of our students, who may have faced many challenges along the way. It is humbling to hear their stories - and very moving to see how much they appreciate the recognition. At Uxbridge College we want to give everyone a chance to fulfil their potential, and it gives me great pleasure to see their successes brought together in one evening. The Awards Ceremony also recognises the excellent work Uxbridge College does with employers and the wider community - partnerships which are essential to our success."

Star and Special Award winners were:

Star Award (sponsored by Chartwells, the College's caterers):
Ilona Swiatkowska
(19) of Slough.

Gavin Taylor Bursary Award - Highly Commended:
Jack Thornborough
(19) of Northolt.

Gavin Taylor Bursary Award:
Saman Rafiq
(19) of Hayes.

Star Award:
Kayode Oshin

Higher Education Award (sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire):
Elizabeth Hutchison
(48) of Harefield.

Apprentice Award (sponsored by the Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce):
Abigail Barrell
(18) of Hayes.

Advanced Apprentice Award (sponsored by the Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce):
Ashley Hawkins

Employer Apprentice Award:
Qdell Limited & LHR Express Cars Limited of West Drayton.

Work Experience Employer Award:
Parkfield House Nursing Home
, Hillingdon.

Star Award:
Cameron Lake
(20) of Slough.

Higher Education Award (sponsored by The University of West London):
Malikka Mahaath
(32) of Northolt.

Star Award:
Zoe Keen
(17) of Uxbridge.

Ian Hebditch Award:
Roshan Singh
(29) of Hounslow.

Star Award:
Ryan Elliott (18) of Hanwell.

Star Award:
Lethu Mathema
(18) of Northwood.

Higher Education Award (sponsored by Brunel University):
Sunil Shahi
(20) of Hounslow West.

Star Award:
Kesavan Selvamalar
(39) of West Drayton.

Star Award:
William O'Connor
(19) of Ruislip.

Star Award (sponsored by Dennis Williams Ltd):
Glenn Bunce
(19) of Northolt.

Comfort Simoyan Award (sponsored by Dennis Williams Ltd):
Saira Ali
(18) of Harrow Weald.

Star Award:
Amal Mohamed Abdallah Bin Omar
(18) of Northolt.

David Keating Memorial Award:
Daniel Gibson
(19) of Hayes.

Star Award:
Sulita Dhebar-Brennan
(45) of Hayes.

Young Ambassador Award:
'The Public Speaking Team':-
Sabyha Khan
Ismaila Ngum
Muska Nizami

*Uxbridge College has been London's number one for educating young people for four years. Since 2005 it has ranked first for success rates for students age 16-18 in annual Learning and Skills Council figures. Figures from August 2010 for the capital's 35 further education providers place Uxbridge College top for 2008-09 with a success rate of 86% for 16-18 year-olds on long qualifications.


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