Leah Dean is our ‘Girl in ICT’

26 July 2017

Salford City College Student of the Year 2016, College Student Ambassador, charitable giver, all-round outstanding student and now ‘Outstanding BTEC IT & Computing Student of the Year,’ Leah Dean proves yet again that she is ‘our Girl in ICT’ as she walks away with national award.

Lee Chadwick, Leah’s IT & Computing Curriculum Tutor, who put her forward for the award said, “We have had many high-performing, even exceptional IT & Computing students at Salford City College, but it is difficult to think of anyone who has joined us and travelled such a distance in such a short amount of time, overcoming personal barriers and giving back to the community at the same time, as Leah Dean has.

“Leah wears the IT & Computing badge like a medal and with excellence in all she does. A real inspiration and role model for all future IT & Computing students.” – Lee Chadwick

“She has now been awarded the highly prestigious BTEC IT & Computing Student of the Year award 2017, from Pearson, Edexcel.

“When you consider how many tens of thousands of IT & Computing students there are globally, this is an amazing endorsement of Leah’s fantastic contribution and achievement.”

Leah was invited down to a ceremony on 6 July 2017 at the remarkable and iconic Royal Horticultural Halls in London, following a lunch reception in Parliament with MPs from across the political spectrum. She was later awarded by BBC television presenter and journalist, Steph McGovern. 

Overall, 22 successful candidates were singled out for excellence in their area of study or work, after almost 1000 applications were made to this year’s judging panel.

And this isn’t her first award win during her two year stint in Further Education. In June 2016 she was named Salford City College Student of the Year, after being recognised for not only her academic achievements and contributions to the College, but also for her involvement in charity work outside of her studies.  

Last year Leah raised more than £3000 for Cancer Research UK after shaving off her waist-length hair, and a further £2000 after completing a charity bike ride from Birmingham to Manchester, with another charity ride in the pipeline, in hopes of adding to those impressive contributions. She also donated her £600 scratch card winnings to the Salford flood victims.

In College, the high achiever not only has a gleaming attendance and academic record, but is a College Ambassador, on the student council and part of the UN Girls in ICT Initiative, helping to spread the word of girls in technology.

This year she has achieved all Distinction grades and has been rewarded with a D*D*D* – a great statement for ‘Girls in ICT.’

She supports her department with all Open Events and has represented the College on numerous internal and external occasions. Her inspirational speech at one College event impressed so much it led to her being asked to host the ‘Inspired to Aspire’ programme launch, held at BBC’s Quay House at MediaCityUK, with an audience made up of senior educational professionals and executives from companies including The Bank of New York and The Careers and Enterprise Company.

Leah is truly delighted to have won the BTEC Award saying,

“The odds were stacked against me due to the amount of students undertaking the qualification. I can’t quite believe that I am the recipient of the award that I have been working so hard for two years to earn and receive. It’s been worth every ounce of hard work that I have invested and I can’t think of a more perfect and monumental way to mark the end of my Further Education chapter.”

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