The achievements of over 70 students were celebrated at the UCM Further Education Awards 2019 ceremony, which was held at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on 17th May 2019.

One of the key annual UCM events, the awards ceremony gives recognition to students who have achieved academic excellence or who have made a positive impact on their peers and  the community.

The Heather Christian Award, which recognises outstanding peer support, was given to Michael Smethurst, an active member of the Student Council who has gone above and beyond to mentor and lead his colleagues, offering support and guidance when required.

The students from the Advanced Employability Group were awarded the Teamwork in the Community Award for their commendable effort in fundraising by cleaning public areas around the Island. The money raised will be used fund their trip to Isle of Arran for a significant beach cleaning challenge, which they will be doing in collaboration with Beach Buddies Isle of Man.

The main highlight of the awards evening was the UCM Apprentice of the Year Award which was presented to James Emmett, who is studying Electrical Installation and is currently an apprentice with the Department of Infrastructure.


The event was attended by the Chief Minister, Minister of Education, Director of Education, Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas, employers, UCM governors and staff, as well as the family and friends of students who received awards.

Jo Pretty, UCM Principal congratulated the students during her closing speech and reminded them that learning can happen at any time in their lifetime, “We ensure that learning opportunities are available to you at different stages of your careers.  In today’s world where change is constant, it is crucial to be prepared for development and to anticipate innovation”.

“I hope we have empowered you with the knowledge and skills to keep you moving forward in your journey. I look forward to your contributions and successes, which I am sure will inspire future generations of students,” Jo added as she closed the ceremony.