A graduate of North West Regional College (NWRC) who is now studying Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, has been awarded a J P McManus scholarship worth £5,500 a year. Ashleigh Newton who graduated from NWRC with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health Sciences is one of six Further Education graduates who have been selected to receive the award at a ceremony taking place at University of Limerick on November 25. The All Ireland Scholarships are awarded annually to the top-performing students in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), who reside in Northern Ireland (NI) and attend a grant aided Post Primary School or Further Education (FE) College in NI. “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen to receive this grant,” said Ashleigh. “I was encouraged to apply to the JP McManus Trustees by my Year Head at NWRC Annmarie Hunter. “ Now studying for a BSc in Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, 21 years-old Ashleigh hopes to progress to a career in chartered physiotherapy in the health sector, and has aspirations to work in Sports Physio.” She commented: “I decided to attend NWRC after my A Levels to improve my UCAS application and qualifications. “The teachers at NWRC are a credit to themselves. I am particularly grateful to Annemarie Hunter and Karen Moore for their teaching, advice and guidance during my time there. “I feel thatNWRC prepared me a lot for University and what level of work was expected by me when I got here. “The NWRC also helped me gain a lot of extra qualifications such as CPR and manual handling, putting me one step ahead of my classmates.”
The innovative Foodovation Centre at North West Regional College is celebrating the news that five of its clients have won a record nine prizes at the 2017 Irish Food Awards held at Dingle, County Kerry. Often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards of Irish food’, Blás na hÉireann is the largest blind tested food awards event in Ireland with more than 400 finalists competing across 130 categories. Foodovation clients Corndale Farm swept the boards winning Gold for their Fennel Salami and a Silver for their Chorizo. They also won Best in Derry. Fusion client Clarke’s Fresh Fruits picked up a Silver gong for their revolutionary no added sugar jam, while Broighter Gold were awarded Bronze for their acclaimed Rapeseed Oil. Ballinteer Quail Farm received a Bronze Award for their produce and their farm meat was also named ‘Best in Farmer’s Market’ and given a Chef’s Choice Award for their quail eggs. And Carol’s stock, made by Foodovation’s first ever client Carol Banahan, scooped the Chef’s Larder prize for her natural chicken stock. Manager of NWRC’s Foodovation Centre Brian McDermott who travelled to Dingle for the awards congratulated all of the winners. He added: “We are delighted with this multi awards win by our clients at Foodovation. This is an exciting time for food in Ireland. At North West Regional College we continue to support businesses develop their products as they are brought to market. “The success at the Irish Food Awards is testament to the huge strides that Foodovation has made in supporting local food producers, since it opened its doors in November 2016. “We look forward in continuing to lead the way in developing skills and supporting industries to develop new product ideas.” Artie Clifford chairperson of Blás na hÉireann said: “ I have this year noticed the energised input in innovation and development from producers in the North West and this is without doubt assisted with the collaboration of producers with Brian McDermott and the team at Foodovation Centre at North West Regional College and I congratulate them on this model of support “
For as long as Lynsey McGarrigle can remember she wanted to be a fashion designer.The 26 year-old North West Regional College graduate has hit the industry like a whirlwind since the launch of her Haus Of MoHawk label last year, showcasing twice at London Fashion Week and designing bespoke pieces for a host of well-known celebrities.But it’s been far from an overnight success story.