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Going back to school as a mature student was ‘challenging and demanding but well worth the effort’, according to Coleraine woman, Tanya Warwick, who has just graduated with Distinction from Northern Regional College. Tanya was awarded a Level 4 Certificate in Health and Social Care at the College’s annual graduation ceremony. She now plans to go to Ulster University to study Occupational Therapy.

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Northern Regional College staff and students across all departments and all campuses enthusiastically embraced the charity challenge to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. Beauty students at Newtownabbey, the group who raised the most money for the charity, handed over a cheque for £2604.03 to Suzie McFarland, Community Fundraising Officer for Cancer Focus NI.

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Over 250 local primary and post-primary pupils from the Magherafelt area have taken part in a global educational initiative which provides an introduction to computer science. Hour of Code, part of Computer Science Education Week, saw students studying IT at Northern Regional College’s Magherafelt campus organise a series of sessions for the pupils.

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A former Northern Regional College student from Newtownabbey has been awarded a prestigious J P McManus All Ireland Scholarship Award. Darren Downing, studied Computing for four years at the College’s Newtownabbey campus. After completing a Level 2 Diploma, he progressed to complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma with three Distinction* - the equivalent of 3 A*s at A level. He is now doing a degree in Computing Technologies at Ulster University.

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Building on the success of Northern Regional College’s inaugural Staff Recognition Awards, the College introduced new four categories this year to include support as well as academic staff. The Staff Recognition Awards were launched in 2017 as a way of rewarding staff for their continued effort and achievements in key areas of the curriculum. This year the categories were extended to acknowledge the valuable contribution of support staff to College life.

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A Northern Regional College carpentry apprentice has come out on top in a nationwide skills competition. Eighteen years old Samuel Gilmore from Aghadowey, won a gold medal in the carpentry division at the UK National Finals of WorldSkills UK LIVE in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

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