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Southern Regional College held a cross-campus competitive event and awards ceremony today 15 May, to recognise the excellence and diversity of project based learning across a wide range of the College’s curriculum areas.

The event was an excellent platform to showcase the depth and range of creativity and innovation amongst the SRC student body across many industry sectors.  The event was also designed to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their skills in planning, problem solving, communication and presentation which were the key outcomes of the experience.

Mr. Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC presents the team of students from the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care who won the Project Based Learning Award – Overall Award Winner: Back Row (L-R): Tracey Rice – SRC Business Support, Brian Doran – SRC Chief Executive, Tom Kinney – Invest NI (Competition Judge), John Hughes – Brilliant Red (Competition Judge) Front Row (L-R): Caoimhe Campbell, Naomi Pedlow, Kathryn Moore (SRC Lecturer), Kiai Chambers, Hannah McFarland.
Mr. Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC presents the team of students from the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care who won the Project Based Learning Award – Overall Award Winner: Back Row (L-R): Tracey Rice – SRC Business Support, Brian Doran – SRC Chief Executive, Tom Kinney – Invest NI (Competition Judge), John Hughes – Brilliant Red (Competition Judge) Front Row (L-R): Caoimhe Campbell, Naomi Pedlow, Kathryn Moore (SRC Lecturer), Kiai Chambers and Hannah McFarland.

The competing students worked on real, live project briefs, connected to local businesses, as a means to develop their transferable skills as identified by local industry – this is called Project Based Learning. Students were tasked with pitching their ideas to independent judges: John Hughes, Brilliant Red; Tom Kinney, Invest NI and Tracey Rice, SRC Business Support

Mr. Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC presents the award to the student team from the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business who won the Project Based Learning Award – Communication Category: Back Row (L-R): Rachel Whitten, Sara Gibson, Lydia Boyd, Rebekah McCullough Front Row (L-R): Brian Doran (Chief Executive, SRC), Beth Hawthorne
Mr. Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC presents the award to the student team from the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business who won the Project Based Learning Award – Communication Category: Back Row (L-R): Rachel Whitten, Sara Gibson, Lydia Boyd, Rebekah McCullough Front Row (L-R): Brian Doran (Chief Executive, SRC) and Beth Hawthorne.

There were three category awards presented for the following categories:

  • Project Based Learning Award – Innovation Category
  • Project Based Learning Award – Enterprise Category
  • Project Based Learning Award – Communication Category
  • Project Based Learning Award – Best Overall

Maggie Grant, Assistant Director for Curriculum – Further Education and Training said; “This event is an excellent platform for showcasing the range of innovative and entrepreneurial talent which we have at Southern Regional College.  Students from a wide range of curricular areas throughout the College have been working on real business briefs and by utilizing their skills and knowledge, have been developing and creating real solutions for these businesses. I want to thank all of the students, staff and local businesses involved as it has been a great success.”

Mr. Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC presents the team from the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering who won both awards: Project Based Learning Award – Innovation Category and the Project Based Learning Award – Enterprise Category: Back Row (L-R): Tom Kinney – Invest NI (Competition Judge), Tracey Rice - SRC Business Support (Competition Judge), Brian Doran – SRC Chief Executive, John Hughes – Brilliant Red (Competition Judge) Front Row (L-R): Keith McCloughry – SRC Engineering Lecturer, Jack Murphy, Michael Rafferty, Jack McKee
Mr. Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC presents the team from the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering who won both awards: Project Based Learning Award – Innovation Category and the Project Based Learning Award – Enterprise Category: Back Row (L-R): Tom Kinney – Invest NI (Competition Judge), Tracey Rice - SRC Business Support (Competition Judge), Brian Doran – SRC Chief Executive, John Hughes – Brilliant Red (Competition Judge) Front Row (L-R): Keith McCloughry – SRC Engineering Lecturer, Jack Murphy, Michael Rafferty and Jack McKee.
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