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Bumper Year for Access to HE Creative Digital Media Course – Winners!

On Wednesday 15th July 2020 Morley College celebrated its students success in a wonderful online awards ceremony.

We know how hard our students have been working during their courses at Morley this year so we have organised our first virtual awards ceremony. Usually this ceremony would take place in Morley’s Emma Cons Hall but due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Ceremony will be available online.

Several categories were open for nominations from tutors:

Outstanding Achievement Award / Outstanding Commitment to Study Award / Return to Learning Award / Lifelong Learning Award / Most Promising Learner Award

Philippe Close – Senior Tutor for Access to HE Creative Digital Media nominated three students for the following:

Sophie Pham – ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’

Initially Sophie began the Access course in an unassuming way, but very quickly Sophie demonstrated that she consistently went beyond the distinction grade requirements of the course to create innovative work that would not have been out of place in an exceptional undergraduate show. For example: after completing the film unit, the specialist tutor insisted that she submit work for independent film festivals as her work was of that high a standard. Sophie integrated the overarching lessons of the course quickly, combining planning, strategy and creative thought in a way that made her work powerful and effective. 83% of graded units marked at distinction level, and has gained the highest grade achieved on our course to date.

Ishmael Brown – ‘Most Promising Learner Award’


Ishmael has had one of the strongest learning journeys I have seen in my career. He came to the course having had a very challenging and difficult learning experience in his life in the past. After much discussion about the level of additional learning support he would require in order to succeed, we hesitantly started the journey on the course together. At the outset, Ishmael was reluctant to even submit work online for grading, due to a reluctance to repeat previous traumatic experiences. However, slowly but very visibly, Ishmael found and grew his inner-confidence and after 2-3 months on the course was completing work and catching up. Ishmael thoughtfully experimented with new learning strategies so that he could complete written work independently and also begin to enjoy being in the classroom, finding success in his studies. Even amongst a challenging home environment within the COVID19 chaos, in one of the last units of the course (Professional Photography Practice) he achieved some of the best creative outcomes in the whole class. As a result of hard work and the huge personal journey he has undertaken, Ishmael was accepted to study Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art.

Veselina Petronova – ‘Outstanding Commitment to Study’


Veselina demonstrated a heroic commitment to learning both in college, and during the distance learning COVD19  phase of the course. At every stage Veselina asked what teachers wish students would ask (but rarely do), which was to intentionally ask the question “what is needed here, to get better?” and then Veselina would take the radical and revolutionary step of always directly acting on this advice! During the period where the college physically closed, Veselina and her family also returned to Bulgaria to weather the storm of the pandemic. This was a 4-day road trip which remarkably did not interrupt her learning at all! She was back in class online and submitting work for grading, achieving an attendance rate of 97.5% for the year and 100% punctuality.

We were delighted to see that Veselina also won the

‘Student of the Year Award – Veselina Petronova


Huge congratulations to Sophie, Ishmael and Veselina

It’s been quite a year and you along with all the other students on the Access Course this year have shown courage and tenacity in continuing to learn and contribute to the life of Morley College.

Welcome to the Morley Family!

For information on the Access to Creative Digital Media Course at Morley College

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