Ryan Kimber, who studied engineering at The Isle of Wight College, was last night named champion at the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual Student of the Year Awards held in Birmingham.
Ryan beat off competition from other finalists from across the country to be named AoC ‘Adult Student of the Year’.
I am absolutely delighted that Ryan has won this national award, he is an exceptional young man. He is an inspiration to other students and I am very proud of what he has achieved, he is truly deserving of this recognition
Ryan first enrolled at The Isle of Wight College in September 2015. His engineering studies were going well until January 2016 when he was diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer. Ryan endured an exhausting schedule of treatments and operations, which required a long recovery period. Ryan resumed his engineering studies at CECAMM, the College’s Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine, in September 2017 and this summer he achieved D*D*D* in his Extended Diploma in Engineering Level 3 BTEC.
Ryan, who also won Pearson’s BTEC Engineering Student of the Year in July and received an Award from the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight in March, says: “To have won AoC Adult Student of the Year is an immense honour and I am extremely grateful for all of the help and support I have received to get me this far”.
I am immensely proud of Ryan and delighted to see him win this award. Ryan is a model student, he has an immense passion for life and a keen interest in engineering, which he passes on to others around him. I wish him every success in his future engineering career
Alongside Ryan’s college work he undertook numerous work placements within a variety of engineering and manufacturing companies on the island, including Gurit (UK), Vikoma and Neida Blue 62. These experiences also helped Ryan to gain vital skills and knowledge not only to get him through his qualification but to assist him with his life ambition of one day working for Jaguar Land Rover, designing and testing new off road vehicles, all around the world. As a result of his successful work placements, Ryan was headhunted by GKN Aerospace to design a project for their craft apprentices, supplying them with an aircraft fitment detailing qualification.
In his free time Ryan volunteers for CLIC Sargent, which enables him to give something back to the charity which provided enormous support to Ryan and his family throughout his cancer treatment, which took place both on the island and in Southampton.
This year the AoC received 68 applications across four award categories: Young Student of the Year (aged 16-18), Adult Student of the Year (aged 19+), Apprentice of the Year and Higher Education Student of the Year.
Each year the level of applications is extremely high, and it goes to show the fantastic work that students are doing in colleges as well as the lengths colleges go to in supporting their students. Ryan Kimber has done amazingly well to win and he should rightly be proud of his achievements.
The awards were announced on Tuesday 19 November at an evening of celebration at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference, showcasing some of the ways that colleges are transforming the lives of more than two million people across England and how vital colleges are to the future of the British economy in the 21st century.
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Make Your Future at CECAMM, the Isle of Wight’s Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine, come along to our Open Day, Saturday 30 November, 10am – 2pm.