House of Commons awards night for former college student

It’s not every day that you get to rub shoulders with MPs and Peers at a special awards night at the Houses of Parliament. But that’s what happened to former Abingdon & Witney College student Kirsty Newman.

The 18-year-old Early Years Education and Care student from Chipping Norton, who studied for her two-year CACHE Level 3 Diploma at the College’s Witney campus, was a runner-up at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Annual Conference in November 2017.

That night, she was invited to attend the House of Commons event along with other finalists from across the country.

The students were there as part of the annual AoC Gold Awards, which celebrate the achievements of college alumni who have gone on to lead successful careers in many industries. Influential people who were recognised at this year’s awards included broadcaster and presenter Stephanie Hirst, BBC reporter Sima Kotecha and actor and singer Shaun Escoffery

Kirsty, who is studying for a degree in Primary Education at Oxford Brookes University, said:

“It was very inspirational to meet those who had achieved their goals through college as a starting point”.