A glittering awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of students from Sussex Downs College took place last week.
On January 7, 120 guests attended the Sussex Downs College Student Awards Evening, held at The Grand Hotel.
Celebrating the outstanding achievements of students from the Eastbourne, Newhaven and Lewes campuses, learners from a broad range of backgrounds were honoured on the night.
Students were nominated for the awards by the college in categories including contribution to student life, most improved student, positive attitude to learning, exceptional achievement and sporting excellence.
The event was supported by local businesses that work in close partnership with the College, including Chartwells, Ocean Cleaning, The Grand Hotel, Lloyds TSB, Baker Tilly, Eastprint, Marsh Limited, HNW Architects, Mayo Wynne Baxter, Jones Bootmaker and Cobb PR.
Dignitaries in attendance included Stephen Lloyd MP, the Mayor of Eastbourne Mike Thompson and the Mayor of Lewes Ruth O’Keeffe.
Guests enjoyed a performance by a string quartet from the East Sussex Academy of Music, based at the College’s Lewes campus, before a three-course dinner.
Melanie Hunt, chief executive of the college, said, “Tonight we are proud to celebrate the diversity of student success across Sussex Downs College. We have learners from a wide range of backgrounds, who join us at different starting points and who each have very different ambitions. We are proud of every single one of them; and how they have developed their knowledge, skills and expertise through dedication, application and sheer hard work.”
Lynsey Bartlett from Heart FM, who worked at the College before moving on to a successful radio career, was the guest presenter on the night.
After dinner, guests heard from Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, who pledged his continuing support to the College in helping to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.
He said, “I was delighted to speak at the Sussex Downs Students Awards Evening. I’m a real fan of the College for two very simple reasons. Firstly, they have delivered an impressive record of success over the last few years in education achievement, and in assisting their learners into employment. So much so that I have ensured the College is seen in Westminster, rightly, as one of the best in the country.”
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