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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London celebrated the achievement of its top performing students last night (2 December) when they were presented with trophies and prizes at the annual glitzy College Excellence Awards ceremony. As well as the students, staff members and employers were also celebrated, winning prizes for their contribution to college life or their commitment to learning and supporting students. In total there were over 60 winners.

Compere, College Governor and pastor Reverend Nims Obunge presented the awards with style and distinction.

Alumna, Bhaveet Shah, was one of the speakers, telling the fascinating story of how he came to the college after some disastrous AS Level results and went on to excel at his ICT and Computing Extended Level 3 Diploma course. He then studied Software Engineering at Brunel University where he is in his final year after a year on industrial placement. He plans to continue further and study a Master of Science next year followed by a PhD.

Student winners had achieved some amazing feats. Richard McErlean is currently representing the UK and the college at the Institute of Travel and Toursim in Nice in an international competition, while Seniz Suleyman is producing music for a soft drinks company.

New this year were some staff awards for long service. These were given to a number of outstanding tutors and support staff who had worked at the college for over two decades.


Partner employer winners were celebrated for providing CONELcollege students with placements and support over the years, including Ashness Care Limited, Peppermint Green Hair Salon, and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. Nick Purchase from Ashness Care Limited said “Thanks for nominating
Ashness Care for the award. I was very pleased to attend and receive the award. It was good to have the recognition and also practically useful for the
organisation. Good to see CoNEL doing so well and the positive efforts of the staff and students. Definitely an important part of the local community and
good examples of success. Genuinely inspiring.” Stavroulla Cairns from North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust was similarly positive, saying “Thank you for a lovely evening it was great to see so many students recognised for their hard work and dedication, going to bed and dreaming of a future - I loved that quote. Our award is on the Trust floor now for all to see and the Health care support worker award for Health & Social Care was fantastic they were so pleased.”

Following some Exceptional Performance Awards given to students like Nima Ghanbarijafarlou, who achieved an A* on his Maths GCSE resit, and Alexandra Hardy, who achieved Distinctions across the board for her Hairdressing Level 2 course, the Paul Head Excellence Award was given. Named after the former principal of the college who sadly passed away last September, this was awarded to Aaron Toomey for his strong team work ethic and for excelling in all aspects of the Prince’s Trust programme.

Principal and Chief Executive Andy Forbes said “This was a fabulous evening celebrating those staff and students with the “X factor”, but also celebrating further education itself, which gives so many opportunities to so many people, young and old. It makes me very proud to hear the many stories of CONEL students who have passed with flying colours and gone on to great universities, great jobs and great careers.”

The College Excellence Awards event was sponsored by Fraser Hamilton, Morgan Hunt and KSS.

See the full winners list

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