Engaged students recognised for extra-curricular achievements

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A group of students who have excelled in extra-curricular activities were recognised at a special awards ceremony to celebrate their engagement.

Twenty students from across the College received special recognition at the Be Engaged Awards – aimed at rewarding students for their wider achievement in the College.

The Be Engaged programme, in its pilot year, encourages students to take on extra-curricular activities outside of the classroom to extend and enhance their college experience.

In the 2016/17 session over 600 awards were given to students – 66 gold, 208 bronze and 348 bronze across eight categories including ‘Be Skilled’, ‘Be Heard’ and ‘Be Healthy’.

The group of 20 students given special recognition at the ceremony, held in the Coatbridge Campus events venue 101 Park Street, were chosen for their exceptional commitment to the initiative and to furthering their own development within the College.

Awardees included WorldSkills gold-winner Kathleen Ann Fannan, who won a gold Be Engaged award for her commitment to competing in Hairdressing at WorldSkills UK.

Art and Design student of the year, Ann Sweeney, was also recognised for collecting two gold, two silver and four bronze awards over the year – the biggest awards sweep of any student!

Ross Brand, Learner Engagement Officer, said: “We are delighted at the level of interaction with our programme in its first year.

“With over 600 awards given out, the programme was a huge success and we hope that our students have seen the benefits of taking part. 

“We are looking forward to building on this success by providing further opportunities for learners and for us to recognise and reward their achievements outside the classroom.”

The Be Engaged initiative was recently recognised at the sparqs Student Engagement Awards for the impact it has had on the enhancement of the student experience.

Coordinated by the College’s Learner Engagement Team and Students’ Association, the initiative offers awards for students in a wide range of extra-curricular activities running in sync with their studies.

Split into eight sub-categories, students can win gold, silver or bronze awards in:

  • Be Educated
  • Be Entertained
  • Be Environmental
  • Be Healthy
  • Be Motivated
  • Be Respected
  • Be Heard
  • Be Skilled

Awards can be given for taking part in groups, committees and teams, attending student-led events, becoming a mentor or offering skills to other students, taking part in campaigns and many more.

For more information about New College Lanarkshire’s learner engagement initiatives, visit http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/students/student-voice/learner-engagement.

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