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IQ and IAT celebrate high-performing students

Some of the IQ and IAT student award winners

Top University of Derby students presented with awards and prizes at IET London: Savoy Place

SET against the backdrop of the historic IET London: Savoy Place and in front of senior industry professionals, the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT) have praised a cohort of high-performing students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products at a joint awards ceremony, which took place on 28 October.

The annual IQ and IAT Student Awards recognize those studying higher education at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products. Each award is recognition of an individual’s outstanding achievement and continuous commitment to the mineral products industry.

Winners of the 2022 Student Awards accepted their prizes at the annual IQ Fellows Lunch in front of Fellows of the IQ and special guests. Viv Russell FIQ, IQ president, presented the mineral products students with their prizes alongside James Thorne, IQ chief executive officer, whilst the asphalt students received their awards from Brian Downes, IAT President, accompanied by Lyle Andrew, executive director of IAT.

Viv Russell commented: ‘It has been a great pleasure to once again jointly host the Student Awards with the Institute of Asphalt Technology, reinforcing our close, cross-sector relationship and supporting the development of talent in our industries. All of those that have received prizes have gone above and beyond to achieve exceptional results in their studies at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products.’

Brian Downes, IAT President, said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the Institute of Asphalt Technology, I’d like to congratulate all of the winners. We’re extremely proud of our partnership with the Institute of Quarrying and it was a pleasure to once again celebrate together the future leaders of our industries.’

The IQ award winners include Lewis Coxon, Daniel McCann TMIQ, Sarah Howarth, Craig McCorquodale MIQ, Peter Triccas TMIQ, and Ben Clayton MIQ.

The IAT presented prizes to Kieran Watson, Dermot Leonard, Marcus Jones, Nicholas Land, Colin Redmond, Aaron Kemp, Nicholas Land, Colin Redmond, Steven Horne, and Joel O'Connor.

Mark Osbaldeston, head of the Centre for Mineral Products at the University of Derby, added: ‘Congratulations to this year’s cohort of IQ and IAT Student Award winners. You have all demonstrated a true passion towards your studies and the industry, excelling academically despite the challenges faced as a result of the global pandemic over the past few years.’


Lewis Coxon, quarry manager at CEMEX, received the Reginald W. Coles Prize, endowed in memory of past President of IQ, Mr R. W. Coles, for Best Overall Mineral Extractives Foundation Degree Student. He also received a £200 prize. Lewis has impressed tutors throughout his three years of studying, achieving top of his class for three consecutive years and receiving recognition with IQ Student Awards in 2020, 2021, and 2022. He graduated from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products with a distinction.

Sarah Howarth, trainee assistant quarry manager at Aggregate Industries UK, won The Ransomes Rapier Award, endowed by the historical excavator manufacturers, and a £200 prize for Best Mineral Extractives Higher Apprentice 2022. Sarah’s tutors described her as an exceptional student who consistently submitted work of a high standard. 

Craig McCorquodale MIQ, senior technician at Tarmac, was presented with The Peter Preston Award, bestowed by the late Peter Preston, for Best UK Diploma Student 2022, and a £200 prize. Being in a technical based role, Craig’s work ethic and dedication saw him achieve some of the highest marks ever seen from a non-operational student.

Two Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates Awards of Excellence were presented to the Best Performing Mineral Extractives Foundation Degree Students in Years One and Two. First-year student Ben Clayton MIQ, engineering workshop supervisor at Tarmac, impressed tutors with his hard work throughout his first year of study. Second-year student Peter Triccas TMIQ, deputy quarry Manager at Aggregates Industries UK, has continued to impress tutors and maintain his high achieving standards. It is the second time he has received the award. Both students also received a £200 prize.

Daniel McCann TMIQ, assistant quarry manager for Pattersons Quarries, was crowned the winner of The Scottish Springbank Quaich Award for Best Third Year Foundation Degree Student 2022 and walked away with a £200 prize. It is awarded to the highest-achieving student in Scotland (over the full three years of studying). Daniel graduated from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products with a very well-deserved distinction.


A joint first prize was awarded to Marcus Jones and Nicholas Land (absent) for Shell Bitumen Best Overall Third Year Foundation Degree. Second place was presented to Colin Redmond and third place to Aaron Kemp.

Dermot Leonard received the award for Best Overall Second Year Foundation Degree.

Kieran Watson won the award for Best Overall First Year Foundation Degree.

Nicholas Land won his second prize, the Worshipful Company of Paviors Award for Contracts & Business Management and Ops.

Colin Redmond also received a second prize, the Worshipful Company of Paviors Award for Pavement Technology.

The Best Asphalt Diploma Student Award was presented to Steven Horne.

The Best Higher Apprentice Award, sponsored by FM Conway, was awarded to Joel O'Connor.

The higher education qualifications, through the partnership with the Mineral Products Centre, are delivered by the University of Derby in partnership with IQ and IAT and go hand in hand with everyday operations in the mineral products industry. For more information visit: