National Recognition for QEDate Posted: 23/03/2016 | Posted In: Latest news
The achievements of QE’s staff and students have been recognised at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London. QE’s Higher Education Adviser, Liz Bryan, and first year student Lauren McCormick travelled to London for the awards ceremony run by Pure Potential, an organisation that supports students with their university and career decisions and which aims to improve social mobility across the UK. Liz had been nominated for a Careers Guidance Award and Lauren’s nomination was for an Inspirational Student Award.
Sponsored by Ernst & Young, the global financial services institution and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the ceremony took place at Canary Wharf and was attended by over 100 teachers, students and careers advisers from across the country.
Lauren, who has overcome many challenges and lives independently, was recognised for her determination and focus regarding her education. Despite the barriers, she is determined to gain her A Levels and her ambition is to study Geology at Imperial College. Pure Potential received over 200 nominations for the Inspirational Student Award and Lauren won it!
Lauren hugely enjoyed the experience – not only did she meet other award winners, but she was able to network with leading employers. Lauren said of her experience:
“It was amazing to win the Award and also to hear about everyone else’s experiences and what they had achieved. It felt quite surreal to be in a large, corporate environment – something I am not used to. It has given me the inspiration and motivation to carry on working hard and achieve my goals.”
Liz Bryan who was nominated by student James Crossley, for her invaluable support in helping him with his career pathway, added:
“It was an honour to have been shortlisted for an Award. I enjoyed the celebrations and it was fantastic to share the experience with others who works to support young people. Pure Potential is a great organisation that is working hard to improve social mobility and to be recognised by them, means a lot to me. ‘’