Budding Journalist scoops Student of the Year award at MK College

Wed 29 May 2013

A journalism student who has repeatedly seen his name in print in the local press, edits a College magazine and has even been giving lectures of his own at nearby Universities has been named Milton Keynes College Student of the Year.

Charlie Ray will be one of the first students from the College to complete a full BA Honours degree in Journalism when he takes up his place at the University of Bedfordshire‘s new University Campus Milton Keynes.  Students had previously had to travel away from Milton Keynes to complete their studies but Charlie led a successful student lobbying campaign to bring the third year course closer to home.  He has already had a number of articles published in the Milton Keynes Citizen and will be plying his trade over the summer gaining valuable experience of his craft at Empire Magazine, the biggest film magazine in the world.

While at Milton Keynes College he has designed, edited and produced Unity magazine, the in-house journal for staff and given lectures at both the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Northampton on use of the Adobe InDesign publishing software.  He even helps out the College’s own marketing team with their social media.  In spite of all these commitments he has managed excellent grades.

Charlie, who also won the Higher Education Award says, “I think if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. In addition to my studies, I work for the College in my spare time and for the Citizen newspaper all of which I love to do right now.  Milton Keynes College has just provided me with opportunity after opportunity.  I’ve been trained, given a job – coming here has opened so many doors for me and I am so very proud to receive this amazing award.” 

A total of twenty-three awards were presented on the night which was punctuated with a number of imaginative and impressive student performances ranging from Jazz and dance to Classical flute and ballet and followed by food also prepared and served by those on catering courses.  College Principal, Dr Julie Mills says, “Awards ceremonies are for rewarding and celebrating excellence.  All the winners here have been nominated and supported by staff and by their fellow students and picked from 20,000 potential candidates for recognition.  Every year I find I am just astounded and hugely impressed by the talents of our students and every year I am more certain that they will have wonderful careers and make contributions to the lives of others.”

Among the other awards were:

Grant Clulow – Values in Action Award sponsored by Aspers
Grant is living proof that learning is for life at MK College.  After seventeen years in the catering industry he suffered a knee injury leaving him with no choice but to look for another career.  He’s been studying full time for GCSEs in Law, Sociology and Psychology but he has also produced five week catering course for fellow students.   Outside College Grant volunteers many hours of his time for which he has been a finalist in the Pride in MK awards, nominated for the Unsung Hero / Heroine award and part of a team which secured £65k funding for a children's park on North Ninth Street. 

Hayley Smith – Enterprise Award sponsored by MK Business Leaders
Hayley Smith’s BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is taught in conjunction with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and so successful has she been that she was even selected to meet the famous Dragon himself along with UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, HRH the Duke of York and former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew.  Hayley’s positive approach has been described as inspirational and alongside her studies she runs her own successful florists.

Adrian Dovey – Offender Learning sponsored by Tribal Publishing
Adrian had already been struggling for four months to adjust to life in prison before he plucked up the courage to sign up for education on offer from the MK College Offender Learning team.  He chose IT pretty much at random having never used a computer before and convinced other people in the class would be so much better at it than he was.  In actual fact a combination of hard work and flair have led him to a Level 2 qualification including web design.  He is now working hard to improve his literacy and numeracy, which will increase his employability still further and is always ready to support other students and help them progress.

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