Student of the year Anya Falkus with principal David Pomfret.

More than 200 students, staff and governors from the College of West Anglia came together virtually to celebrate outstanding academic and personal achievements at the annual CWA Virtual Student Awards ceremonies.

The various faculty awards ceremonies were live streamed via YouTube, which saw 10 out of 30 shortlisted students from all three of CWA’s campuses crowned as winners in a range of categories, ranging from personal achievement to foundation studies and overall student of the year award.

College principal David Pomfret opened with a review of the academic year, speaking about cross-campus triumphs, success stories and achievements. 

He said: “2020/21 has been a very challenging year globally and the Covid pandemic has presented significant challenges for our students. 

“Despite that, it has been another extremely successful year for the college.

“Given that profile of student success, our award winners, selected from our body of approximately 8,000 students, should be very proud of their achievements.  

“I’m extremely proud of and congratulate our students on their commitment, standard of work and achievements. 

“I was delighted to see so many staff, governors, family, friends and employers came to celebrate with our award winners, too.”

CWA level 3 Sports Science student, Anya Falkus, was named overall Student of the Year 2021, as well as winning the sport, public and caring services category. 

Her nominators, Sean McQuaid and Krissie Broughton, said: “Anya really is a remarkable student. She is severely visually impaired, and this affects her life daily. 

“However, her attitude and application to learning and life is amazing. Anya also is a talented swimmer, having been a part of the GB Paralympic swim team.

“She will be going to UEA in September, she plans to train to be a specialist teacher for visually impaired students, inspiring a future generation. 

“Anya really is an exceptional young woman, an inspiration to many and I truly believe she will succeed both in higher education and in life.”

This year’s award winners

The 2021 winners:
• Apprenticeships Student of the Year: Vanessa Wallis
• Technology Student of the Year: Ryan Marriott
• Land-based Studies Student of the Year: Rebecca Tilling
• Outstanding Progress in English or Maths Student of the Year 2021: Gracie Brooks
• Partnerships Student of the Year 2021: Joanna Turalska
• Business, Humanities, Science & Computing Student of the Year: Beth Ross
• Personal Achievement Student of the Year: Eboni Bunn
• Creative Arts Student of the Year 2021: Lauren Ingram
• Foundation Studies Student of the Year: Dylan Barrett
• Sport, Public & Caring Services Student of the Year: Anya Falkus