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Association of Colleges presents RuTC Student with Highly Commended Award

Monday 8 February 2016

Last week the Association of Colleges (AoC) presented Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) supported learning student, Ben Parsons, with a Highly Commended ‘Student of the Year’ award. Ben, who is studying Level 2 BTEC Creative Media, received the award on Monday 1st February 2016 at the Student Success Reception, an invitation only event hosted by AoC in the House of Commons presented by Peter Kyle, Member of Parliament (MP).

Ben was recognised for his outstanding student achievement after being nominated for the award in September 2015. The AoC emphasised Ben’s key role in ensuring RuTC’s wheelchair basketball club became a permanent fixture by encouraging staff support, liaising with the Wheelchair Basketball Association and contributing to successful funding bids. The AoC further highlighted Ben’s success in securing funding for his own coach training in addition to voluntarily raising of funds for two other supported learning students to train alongside him.

Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO and Principal at RuTC, accompanied Ben at the event along with Dr Tania Mathias, MP for Twickenham. Robin commented “Ben is an incredibly pro-active and tenacious individual with a fearless attitude when it comes to pursuing sports enterprise for the benefit of fellow students. RuTC has encouraged Ben’s ambitious approach and students have been inspired to similarly strive and achieve their goals with our support.”

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