Cambridge Regional College wins national award for STEM work

PUBLISHED: 12:39 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 16 October 2017

Cambridge Regional College (CRC) has won a national award for its innovative work in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

CRC was named STEM Further Education College of the Year in the finals of the national Enthuse awards at the House of Commons.

The award recognises the college’s work in promoting the subjects to young people, including its ‘Girls into STEM’ days and work with schools, employers and partners such as the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Principal Mark Robertson said the win was a great honour for everyone.

“We are absolutely delighted that our excellent STEM provision and innovative staff have been recognised at such a prestigious awards event,” he said.

“To win the national STEM FE College of the Year title is a huge honour and great recognition of our engagement with schools, employers and STEM partners, as well as the dedicated staff who ensure the success of our students,” he added.

The Enthuse Celebration Awards, run by STEM Learning and backed by Wellcome, recognise and celebrate inspirational teachers and colleges.

The college’s science, engineering, IT and maths provision includes a computer gaming department which has built up an international reputation thanks to its student-run Rizing Games company which exhibits at expo E3 in Los Angeles – the only one to do so.

The college also founded and hosts the national FXP gaming festival, works closely with employers to develop key engineering training for students, and teaches science at a high level to national and international students.

Chief executive of STEM Learning, Yvonne Baker, said: “It is such an honour to celebrate the amazing teachers and technicians through the Enthuse Celebration Awards – every one of the nominees is a winner.

“I know that each of them will continue to make a difference to young people’s lives across the UK.”

Simon Chaplin, director of Culture and Society at Wellcome, said: “It’s a great pleasure to hear about all the amazing things that the nominees and winners of Enthuse Celebration Awards are doing to inspire young people up and down the country. We want all children to be engaged by science from the early years onwards and see its relevance in their lives.”

On August 1, CRC completed its merger with Huntingdonshire Regional College.

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