Some of the best of Uxbridge College's students were honoured at its Annual Awards Ceremony, where they were presented with their prizes for their achievements by Tim Campbell, star of the first series of television's The Apprentice.

Students of all ages celebrated with friends, family and staff at this year's event on 20 September.

Winners at the gala night at The Beck Theatre in Grange Road, Hayes, were chosen from the 10,000 part-time and full-time students at the College - which is number one for success rates out of all London Further Education colleges.

The overall winner - the Super Star - was Rosanne Watson (20), of Uxbridge, who scooped three grade As at A Level in August and has won a place at the London School of Economics. She was chosen not only for being hard-working, determined, and an excellent all-rounder, but also for her support for other students and contribution to the College.

Special guest Tim Campbell, who presented the awards and spoke about his career, shot to fame in the show in 2005 when Amstrad boss Sir Alan Sugar chose him for a £100,000 a year job.

He has now set up The Bright Ideas Trust to support young entrepreneurs in disadvantaged areas, and is due to launch his own male grooming business. He is also now one of the country's first official social enterprise ambassadors under the Government's Ambassadors Programme, designed to encourage social and environmental change through business.

Tim told the audience of around 600 people: "Sir Alan was a much better teacher than he was a manager. He can shout, he can swear, and he can bang a few tables, but he empowered people. He looked after me.

"The Apprentice worked for me but there are so many more opportunities in the real world that you can exploit."

Launching the event, Laraine Smith, Principal, said: "Our modern facilities, achievement rates and high standards, are all, of course, key to the College, but at our core is that we are here to give everyone a chance. The reason that colleges like Uxbridge are unique is that they really are for everyone -and it is our diversity that makes us what we are. Tonight belongs to all those students who have come to us in the hope of achieving their dreams, and many have done it against the odds."

Star and Special Award winners were:

THE ACADEMY
Star Award, sponsored by Scolarest, the College's caterers:
Sahar Zargarzadeh (20), of Feltham.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Star Award:
Frewini Amlak (22), of Hillingdon.

Higher Education Award, sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire:
Matilnta Metso (21), of Northolt.

Individual Learner Award:
Natalie Whitby (19), of Harefield.

Employer's Award:
Kincora Doctor Surgery, Coldharbour Lane, Hayes.

SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Star Award:
Gareth Edward Ross (20), of Hanwell.

Higher Education Award:
Kanishka Masood (22), of Hayes.

SCHOOL OF CREATIVE STUDIES
Star Award:
Kaisha McCammon (19), of Hayes.

Ian Hebditch Award:
Daniel Linsday (20), of Stone, Aylesbury.

SCHOOL OF EARLY YEARS, HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
Star Award:
Stacey Palmer (17), of Northolt.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Star Award:
Nick Davies-Furnell (18), of Uxbridge.

Higher Education Award, sponsored by Brunel University, Uxbridge:
Taleb Mashini, of Islington, N1.

SCHOOL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
Star Award:
Ismaae Waeni (19), of Hayes.

Best English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Student in the Community:
Kamaljeet Kaur Gill (20), of Hayes.

SCHOOL OF FOUNDATION STUDIES
Star Award:
Mark Mattingley (17), of Hayes.

SCHOOL OF HAIR , BEAUTY AND HOSPITALITY
Star Award, sponsored by Capital Hair & Beauty:
Natalie Fagan (19), of Greenford.

Comfort Simoyan Award, sponsored by Capital Hair & Beauty:
Cherine Devsi (19), of Hayes.

SCHOOL OF SPORT, LEISURE AND PUBLIC SERVICES
Star Award:
Danielle Tobin (21), of Southall.

David Keating Memorial Award:
This year's awards saw the introduction of a new award, in memory of David Keating. This year his parents accepted The David Keating Memorial Award, and in future it will be given to a Public Services student who is felt to reflect David's attitude and abilities.

TEACHER EDUCATION AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Star Award:
Prashant Vara (34), of South Harrow.

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