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Construction June 29

One week to go until York College & University Centre's Construction Awards

With exactly one week to go, students and staff of York College & University Centre are eagerly anticipating the annual return of the Construction Awards.

The York College & University Centre Construction Awards will take place at the Novotel York Centre on Thursday, July 6 and are an opportunity for us to come together to recognise both the academic and personal achievements of our students.

The ceremony, which provides an occasion to reward excellence and celebrate hard work, returns each year and allows tutors to identify students who they feel demonstrate behaviours and achievements, which embody the values that define us as a college.

York College & University Centre values: Ambition | Care | Respect | Success

Nominated students and their families have been invited to the presentation evening, along with staff and business partners to celebrate and reflect on the success of the academic year.

With the support of our business partners’ sponsorship, eight awards will be awarded, spanning across our apprenticeship and full-time student provision in the following categories:

Apprentice Category

Full-Time Student Category

We are also delighted to invite and to introduce our guest speaker, Emma Simpson.

Emma has been a bricklayer for more than 30 years and has spent the majority of that time working in the heritage sector. She set up Simpson Brickwork Conservation Ltd in 2003.

The company specialises in the conservative repair of historic brickwork, working on a variety of structures, from domestic dwellings to royal palaces and scheduled ancient monuments. The company works mainly in Surrey, Hampshire and Central/South West London.

The work involves a variety of craft operations from re-pointing and brick replacement, matching bricks, recording, dismantling and re-building, to full-scale construction of complex gauged work. Despite living in the South of England, Emma feels a strong affinity with the city of York as her father was born and bred in the city and she returns regularly to visit her relations.

The Simpson family ran a successful plumbing business, with a shop on Clarence Street. Emma now spends most of her time working on projects on site but also carries out consultancy work and training.

In 2022, Emma was honoured to receive an MBE for “Services to Heritage Conservation.”

To all our nominated students, a huge congratulations and thank you for all that you have brought to life at York College & University Centre.