Charlie scoops Student of the Year Award

A journalism student more used to writing the news, hit the headlines after winning the Milton Keynes College Student of the Year Award on Thursday night.

Charlie Ray, pictured above, achieved the double by scooping the Citizen sponsored Higher Education Award and the overall Student of the Year 2013 award. Charlie will be one of the first students from the college to complete a full BA Honours degree in Journalism from University Campus Milton Keynes.

Charlie Ray, winner of the Student of the year Award

Charlie Ray, winner of the Student of the year Award

Charlie, who led a successful student lobbying campaign to bring the third year journalsim course closer to home has already had a number of articles published in the Milton Keynes Citizen and contributed articles to the Citizen backed college website Citiblog.

While at Milton Keynes College Charlie 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 the use of Adobe InDesign publishing software. He has also helped the college’s marketing team develop its social media.

Charlie, who has secured a summer work placement at Empire film magazine, said: “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. 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 these amazing awards.”

Kate Raclawski, head of marketing and communications, said: “Charlie livens up any crative discussion within the marketing team with his ideas, drive and ambition. His proactive attitude and rich skill set will ensure that a bright future in media and journalism lies ahead of him. I’m sure we’ll see his name in print and in the nationals in the near future.”

A total of 23 awards were presented on the night with student performances ranging from jazz and dance to classical flute and ballet and followed by a superb buffet prepared and served by catering students.

College principal, Dr Julie Mills, said: “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.”

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The full list of winners is as follows:

> Grant Clulow – Values in Action Award, sponsored by Aspers.

> Hayley Smith – Enterprise Award, sponsored by MK Business Leaders

> Adrian Dovey – Offender Learning Award , sponsored by Tribal Publishing

>Hana Deria – Care Professions Award , sponsored by MK Hospital

> Matthew Kemp – Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by Francesco Group

> Nigel Hunzvi Computing, IT & Creative Technologies Award, sponsored by Kingston Smith

> Courtney Jane Wood U16 Student of the Year Award, sponsored by ASHE Construction

> Grant Clulow – Values in Action Award, sponsored by Aspers

> Hannah Harrison – Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award, sponsored by MK Council

> Men’s Elite Football Team – Outstanding Achievement in Sport (team), sponsored by MK Dons SET

> Sam Haase – Leadership & Business Award, sponsored by Blum

> Melchi Moussassa – Foundation & Community Learning MK Language Centre

> Kerry Brinklow – Community & Employment Programmes award, sponsored by MK Community Foundation

> Daniel Jackson – Hair, Beauty & Hospitality, sponsored by Chris and Sons

> Hayley Smith – Enterprise Award, sponsored by MK Business Leaders

> Gemini Dow – Andrew Peck Award, sponsored by MK College

> Adrian Dovey – Offender Learning Award, sponsored by Tribal

> Ursula Weeks – Academic Studies WCL Award , sponsored by Think Alumni

> Suzanne Donoghue – Engineering, Construction & Motor Vehicle Niftylift

Jermaine Cranston Engineering Adams Engineering

> Glenda Anderson – Sports Science & Public Services Award, sponsored by Powrx UK

> Charlie Lloyd – Creative & Performing Arts, sponsored by Protocol

> Alex Balicki – Youth Work Team Students’ Choice, sponsored by Circle IT

> Nigel Quinn – Creative & Performing Arts (Media tutor) Students’ Choice, sponsored by Circle IT

> Charlie Ray – Student of the Year 2013, sponsored by Dell