Adult Learners’ Week: Student Achievement Awards Ceremony

This post was contributed by Sarah Potter, Learning Support Officer at Birkbeck.

At this year’s Adult Learners’ Week Awards Ceremony, nine Birkbeck, Stratford students were chosen to receive a £25 book voucher prize for their outstanding achievement.  The winning students were:  

  • Pauline Forder (Community)
  • Samuel Georgewill (Study Skills Suppor),
  • Kirstein Gourlay (Student Ambassador),
  • Antoan Grozdanov (International Student),
  • San Lee (Pre-degree),
  • Piotr Piterek (Schools),
  • Bogomil Staykov (Schools),
  • Marcus Williams (Schools)  
  • Tracy Yearwood (Services). 

In addition,14 Birkbeck Stratford students were awarded nominee certificates.  It was harder than ever this year for the judging panel to reach their decisions about the awards, since the nominees and prize winners had all achieved so much at a high level, often in very challenging circumstances, and had benefited their fellow students in a number of ways as well.

Speaking for Birkbeck, Dean Pateman, Academic Registrar, strongly affirmed the college’s commitment to adult education and working with the University of East London in Stratford when he presented the student awards and certificates.  The sponsors of this year’s awards were Tricia King, Pro-Vice Master of the Student Experience, Elizabeth Charles, Birkbeck, Stratford Librarian, Tina Rouse, Team Leader, Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Linda Trenberth, Reader in Management, Sean Rillo Raczka, Chair of the Students Union.

Kirstein Gourlay, chosen to receive the Students Union Prize this year, described how much her Certificate of Higher Education in Social Policy and the Care Sector meant to her.  She was awarded a distinction, even though she had developed severe health problems and disabilities.

Nadine Morgan, a UEL prize winning student, provided the evening’s entertainment by singing two songs, and the ceremony was rounded by a performance of bhangra drumming by an East London musician.


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