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Student of the Year

Milton Keynes College loves to celebrate the achievements of its learners with the annual Students of the Year awards ceremony, which was held this year at Woburn Sculpture Gallery.


The evening is always a stand-out event in the College’s calendar, shining a light on a wide range of achievements and success stories, bringing together students and staff from across the entire spectrum and crowning one overall Student of the Year.

All of the award winners are chosen from the College’s full cohort of students from across Milton Keynes and beyond, with each having been personally chosen by their tutors and classmates. Each of the winners from the night are chosen for their ability to demonstrate excellence and dedication to their study programmes and future careers in addition to supporting their classmates and promoting the College in the community.

On the night itself, the awards are presented by representatives of each category’s industry sponsor, demonstrating and developing the College’s partnerships with commercial businesses and providers.

Claiming the top prize as overall Student of the Year  2018 was Matthew Atkinson, in addition to claiming the overall Student of the Year, Matthew also collected the prize for the Business Retail and Logistics category.

All of the 2018 Students of the Year award winners are listed below. They all demonstrate perfectly the College’s values: inspiration, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect.

SOTY 2018

Speaking after the awards ceremony, MK College Principal and Chief Executive Dr Julie Mills was delighted for all the winning students. She said:

“Congratulations to all our amazing award winners from tonight’s ceremony.
“Students of the Year is always a highlight for everyone at Milton Keynes College as it gives us an excellent opportunity to recognise the hard work, dedication and achievement of our learners and staff.
 “Each of tonight’s winners has demonstrated all of the College’s values throughout the last twelve in all their achievements and conduct; they are a credit to the College and the wider community of Milton Keynes.”


Please see the full list of award winners and sponsors below.

Shara Ratnayaka Care Professions Award P J Care
Matthew Atkinson Business Retail & Logistics Award The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn
Victoria Winchester Hair & Beauty Award Chris & Sons
Alex Valente Motor Vehicle Award Jardine Motors Group trading as Lancaster
Jacob Provan Adams Engineering Prize Adams Engineering/MK Community Foundation
Jemma Eyres Built Environment Award Ashridge Group
Seyi Olukayode Academic Studies & Applied Science Award MK College
Evanne Al-Mosawi Community & Employment Programmes Award Learning Curve Group
Ben OLASS Student of the Year RMF Construction Training Academy
Maddison & Melody Slade Digital Technology Award Santander
Rebecca Springall Art & Design Award 1stdibs
Fabrizio Ciliberti Apprentice of the Year Award Routeco
Laura Wiegleb Professional Qualification Award Howes Percival
Liam Woodgate Sports & Public Services Award MK Dons SET
Zain Mughal Engineering Award Niftylift
Annie McDonagh Higher Education Award Open University
Stephanie Harman Principal's Ambassador Award Mirus IT
Marian Livingstone Principal's Partner Award  
Darroch Marshall English & Maths Award MK Business Leaders
Laura Fedoriw Catering & Hospitality Award VTCT
Kyle Kirkpatrick Students' Choice Awards - Teacher of the Year, Campus  
Teresa Smith Students' Choice Awards - Teacher of the Year, OLASS  
Pippa Bruckland Students' Choice - Support Teacher of the Year  
Heather Mackeller Inclusive Learning Award Belmont Press
Benediction Mbaya ESOL & Alternative Provision Award MK Community Foundation

Overall Student of the Year 2018: Matthew Atkinson