Higher Education Student of the Year was Ruth Thomas, an assistant quantity surveyor at Stantec Treatment in Derby which is part of a global infrastructure company. Ruth was commended for her determination, dedication and commitment to balancing her studies, work and family life throughout her Foundation Degree in Construction Management study programme.
She said: “When I was given the opportunity to start the foundation degree, I was nervous about going back into education.
“It has certainly been a challenge to juggle work, home and study but it has been a great experience and has boosted by confidence and presentation skills.
“The lecturers are very professional and supportive and the foundation degree has certainly opened doors for me career wise.
“My aim is to be a qualified quantity surveyor following completion of my full degree at Nottingham Trent University.”
Derby College Director of Higher Education Robin Webber-Jones explained: “This event marks continued success in our HE offer in partnership with a wide range of universities and employers.
“We have been highlighted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for our work with businesses to improve employability of students and we have been ranked as one of the top three colleges in the UK for delivering Higher Education.
“We have our largest ever cohort of students on an ever-expanding HE programme and we have been ranked as one of the top providers for student support.
“It has therefore been an important event to mark our students’ successes and to wish them well in their future studies and careers.”