NRC Carpentry & Joinery Gold Medal Winner from the WorldSkills UK The Skills Show, Robert Hamilton pictured with Trevor Kernohan, NRC Lecturer, signing a pledge to compete for a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
The Northern Regional College is celebrating not one but two RTS Students awards at a recent ceremony in Belfast. Student Richard Parke won the Open Award sponsored by Sixteen South for his production ‘Say Something’. Naomi Doherty topped the Comedy & Entertainment section sponsored by Stellify Media for ‘Classroom Coliseum’. Both students will go forward to the overall RTS Student Television Awards which will be held in London later this year.
The event recognises the work and talent of young people studying media and associated subjects in local further and education colleges.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry presented the awards on the night. Minister Farry said ‘The creative media industry is of growing importance to Northern Ireland and we need to encourage and develop the creative talent of our students to achieve further success in this economically important sector. This event is proof that collaboration between industries and our educational establishments is encouraging the innovative approaches which provide the knowledge, skills, research and development that are fundamental to our economy’s future success.’
RTS NI aspires to bring together the creative industries in Northern Ireland - not exclusive to broadcasting - to explore and debate the issues currently facing the industry while also inspiring the next generation.
Colleges NI officially unveiled Further Education’s top innovators recently and rewarded them for coming up with a raft of exciting new projects linked to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). A range of prizes and awards were presented at the Business & Education through Skills & Training (BEST) Awards for the most promising and innovative concepts emerging from Northern Ireland’s six regional FE colleges. An expert team of industry and innovation specialists chose 13 category winners and four grand award winners at the event, held in Belfast’s Ramada Plaza, while eight outstanding students were selected to take part in the STEM-focused Frontiers Programme in Massachusetts, USA this summer.
Andrew Neill, Daniel Killop, Curtis Wilson and Michael Speirs, Level1/2 students studying Information and Creative Technology at the Ballymoney Campus, took the runner up spot with a project which designed and developed a comic book app that incorporates augmented reality.
Jack Smith, Level 3 IT student from the Coleraine Campus was awarded the Software Award for his project ‘Roci’s Random Runner’, a 2D platformer game where the player takes on the role of Roci – a small green alien
The BEST Awards were judged by a panel of 40 industry and innovation specialists, including representatives from Bombardier, MATRIX, Schrader, Institute of Physics, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast.
The awards are organised by Colleges NI, the membership body for Northern Ireland's six Colleges of Further and Higher Education, and supported by a number of valued partners including Recruit NI, Norbrook and the Department for Employment and Learning.
Three Northern Regional College students have spent two weeks at a prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) institute in America this summer. Michael Spiers from Ballymena, Daneil McKillop from Ballymoney and Jack Smith also from Ballymoney have taken part part in the ‘FRONTIERS’ programme at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Participation on the programme has been facilitated by the Department for Employment and Learning.
The focus of the programme is on students learning current laboratory techniques and exploring unsolved problems across a wide spectrum of engineering, mathematics, science and robotics disciplines
The students were selected following participation in the annual Colleges NI ‘Business and Education through Skills and Training’, or ‘BEST Awards’. The ‘BEST Awards’ celebrate the creative and innovative talent within Northern Ireland's six regional colleges.
Pictured in top photo is Northern Regional College student Jack Smith, Justin Kerr from the Department for Employment and Learning and college lecturer Jennifer Hyndman.