SERC Excellence Awards 2022

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SERC students, staff, friends, and family gathered across our Bangor, Downpatrick, and Lisburn campuses to celebrate the best of the College community at the South Eastern Regional College Excellence Awards 2022, which took place on 29 – 31 March. .

This was the first time the event has returned to college campuses in three years, and more than 200 certificates and awards were presented at special ceremonies in recognition of outstanding student and staff achievements.

On three separate evenings, guests were welcomed with a drink's reception and canapes, offering the opportunity to mingle and for photographs before the award presentations began.

Photograph on the awards
Photograph on the awards

Lisburn & Ballynahinch

The celebration for SERC Lisburn and Ballynahinch students and staff took place on 29 March at Lisburn Campus. The ceremony began with a welcome from the Master of Ceremonies Alan McCrum, SERC Governor, followed by a talk from the guest speaker Dr Katrina Collins, Director - Collins Consultancy and current President of the Lisburn Chamber of Commerce.

This was followed by Richard Armstong, SERC Lisburn Campus Manager/ Head of Schools Partnership, and Heather McKee, SERC Director of Strategic Planning, Quality and Support, announcing the nominees and overall winners of student and staff awards. Students and staff were photographed receiving their certificates and awards from Dr Collins.

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Photograph on the awards

Bangor, Newtownards & Holywood

Students and staff from Bangor, Newtownards and Holywood campuses gathered at Bangor campus for their celebrations on 30 March. The ceremony started with the Master of Ceremonies Karen Fraser, SERC Governor, welcoming the audience, followed by words from guest speaker Paul Reilley, UTV Broadcast Journalist and past SERC student.

Afterwards, Kieran McKenna, SERC Bangor Campus Manager/ Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and Claire Henderson, SERC Chief Officer Quality Excellence and Development, announced the nominees and overall winners of the student and staff awards. Students and staff were photographed with Paul Reilly as they collected their awards.

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Photograph on the awards


The Downpatrick campus ceremony, celebrating SERC Downpatrick and Newcastle campus students and staff, took place on 31 March. Master of Ceremonies John Mackell, SERC Governor, welcomed everyone and introduced the guest speaker, Naoise Davey, past SERC student and Solicitor in training, who spoke about his experience at the college and the grounding it gave him for further study and future employment.

Paul Walsh, SERC Downpatrick Campus Manager (Learning Support/ Pastoral Care), and Heather McKee announced the nominees and overall winners of student and staff awards categories. Students and staff had the opportunity to be photographed with Naoise Davey when receiving their awards. SERC Downpatrick campus also hosted a ceremony the previous week for Knockevin Special School students attending the College.

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Knockevin School Excellence Awards

Special Thanks

A special thanks is extended to SERC hospitality staff and students for the wonderful food and drink provided to guests, as well as to the SERC music students who provided a wonderful musical ambience at the receptions. Thanks also to SERC student company Cutting Edge for the fantastic award engravings.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors of the events.

Ards and North Down Borough Council - 'Trainee of the Year' and 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the SERC Bangor and Newtownards event

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council - 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the SERC Lisburn event

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council - 'Apprentice of the Year' at the SERC Downpatrick event

Refresh NI - 'Apprenticeship of the Year' at the SERC Bangor, Lisburn, and Newtownards events

Greenview - 'Excellence in Project Work' at the SERC Lisburn event

Decathlon - 'Eco Committee Member of the Year' at the SERC Bangor event