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The brightest stars of the borough were celebrated in style as Hopwood Hall College held its Further Education Awards 2022.

The glitzy event – which sees students from across all subject areas recognised in categories such as ‘Best Progess’ and ‘Best Achievement’ – took place at the Middleton Arena on Thursday.

Both learners and their guests packed out the venue for the glamorous ceremony that was presented by the Chair of the Corporation, Nazir Afzal OBE.

The biggest award of the night – the prestigious ‘Gold Student Star Award’ – went to Performing Arts learner Kimberley Mlalazi.

The aspiring actor was commended for maintaining 100% attendance and being accepted to all her first choice universities as she pursues her passion.

Presenting Kimberley with a star-shaped trophy, Mr Afzal highlighted how she’d overcome adversity to take the top prize.

He said: “You really can’t help but admire her dedication and determination.”

“Kimberley is a great lesson to us all to keep following your dreams and to never let anything stand in your way.”

The Further Education Awards were attended by students, parents and staff, as well as a number of the college’s employer partners who had sponsored the awards.

CPL Group sponsored the Business category, with Midd Communications gifting two tickets to an event at any O2 venue to Haydar Ali, the winner of Best Achievement for Level 3 Business.

Seven Architecture – the design company behind the college’s new Technology Centre – sponsored the awards in Construction Trades and Engineering, while Reed sponsored the Student Star Awards.

Finally, Crystal Doors sponsored the Sustainability Awards, which is a new category introduced in honour of the college’s ambitions to be the guardians of their environment, while The Queen Elizabeth Foundation provided prizes for students who had previously attended schools in Middleton.

Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College and University Centre, said:

“We were delighted to shine a light on those students who have shone brightest from within an entire sea of stars at Hopwood Hall.

“Our college community is simply brimming with talent, so all the winners should feel incredibly proud to have stood out from their peers.

“I look forward to seeing those who are returning to our University Centre in September, while I know others have been accepted to other fantastic universities or have already landed the jobs they’ve been working so hard for.

“Whatever their destinations, I’ve no doubt that they’re going to go onto find so much success in their lives!”

Full list of winners:

Gold Student Star Award – Performing Arts student Kimberley Mlalazi

Silver Student Star Award – Graphic Design student Harry Clegg

Bronze Student Star Award – Access to Higher Education student Melissa Service

Student Award for Sustainability – Animal Care student Billy Cooper

Staff Award for Sustainability – Animal Centre Coordinator Johnpaul Houston

Inclusivity Award – Sport student Charlie Jackson Turner

Outstanding Work Placement Award – T-Levels student Matthew Pendlebury

College Apprentice of the Year Award – IT Apprentice Adam Shepherdson

Students’ Staff Member of the Year Award – Progress Tutor Louise Sheldrake

Staff Star of the Year Award – Hair and Beauty tutor Clare Thompson

Staff Team of the Year – Cleaning Team