Exeter College Awards Celebrates Students’ Achievements

It was an inspiring celebration of achievements as Exeter College students were awarded and recognised for their hard work, passion and commitment at the first ‘virtual’ Exeter College Awards. 

“The Awards are a hallmark event in our calendar, and it was of upmost importance to us to continue to make time to celebrate our students virtually.”

John Laramy CBE, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive

Even though this year’s ceremony wasn’t quite the cheering crowds and trophy acceptances of previous years, Exeter College award winners enjoyed their postal package of goodies and listened to their accolades from tutors, senior leaders and former award winners from the comfort of their own home.  

Awards were ‘virtually’ handed out to 20 inspirational learners, with categories spreading across the College’s broad range of subjects and levels, including Apprentice of the Year, Adult Learner of the Year, Vocational Awards and Academic Awards.   

Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive John Laramy CBE said, “It was great to see the fantastic achievements of our truly exceptional students with the continuation of the landmark Exeter College Awards. 

“The Awards are a hallmark event in our calendar, and it was of upmost importance to us to continue to make time to celebrate our students virtually, even with so much going on in the world right now. I’m always in absolute awe of the achievements of our learners, and this year was no different as they’ve all continued to excel in their chosen fields, despite the challenges of the past year.”  

The Exeter College Awards also provided an opportunity for the College community to look back on a year like no other, but a year in which key long-term achievements were met in amongst the pandemic.  

John continued: “No one could have predicted what would happen in 2020, but it has still been a year with much to celebrate. We confirmed a new collaboration with the BBC and now host their BBC Exeter Studios in our Centre for Creative Industries – a relationship we’re really excited about continuing to develop.  

“We also worked with Devon County Council to create the Future Skills Centre at Exeter International Airport with thanks to help from the Learning Enterprise Partnership and the Get Building Fund we secured a £1m grant to enhance and enhance the Centre.  

“A new partnership launched with Exeter Athletic, the community and amateur partner of Exeter Chiefs, which will help bolster our Rugby Academy offer, especially for Women’s Rugby. 

“As we look ahead to June 2021, we’ll be opening our new Digital and Data Centre as part of the South West Institute of Technology which will help put Exeter on the map for higher technical skills.” 

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for helping to ensure this staple of the College calendar could continue.   

Thank you to our sponsors 

Foot Anstey  

Willmott Dixon  

The Cover Cupboard  

Kislingbury Property Consultants  

SW Comms  

Howmet Aerospace  

Bishop Fleming LLP  

Exeter Works (Chamber of Commerce)  

Peninsula Project Consulting  

Devon County Council