Chad ad man is top boy at West Notts

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Chad employee Mark Dowthwaite has done the paper proud by graduating with the Student of the Year award at West Notts College.

Mark, who studied for a BA (Hons) in Business Management, was one of 160 students to graduate from university-level courses at the college this year.

Twenty-three-year-old Mark, who is from Mansfield and works as an advertising representative at the Chad, said graduating was an amazing experience.

He added: “To be given an outstanding award and the Principal’s award on top of that made me speechless.

“Studying at the college for five years has given me so many opportunities and experiences and it means everything to me.

“I will take a lot of good memories as well as my qualifications with me. My ambition is to one day work in a senior role within education.”

Students collected their graduation certificates from principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE, Professor Philip Plowden, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Derby, Professor Cliff Allan from Birmingham City University and Julia Grainger, principal lecturer of Leeds Metropolitan University.

The event also saw 21 members of the college’s own staff graduate from courses held at the Mansfield-based college.

Principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE said: “It was an honour to celebrate the success of our higher education students and congratulate them on their achievements.

The college now works in partnership with Birmingham City University and the University of Derby to deliver a wide range of university-level courses such as foundation degrees as well as offering six top-up courses enabling students to achieve an Honours Degree.