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2020 IQ Student Awards

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First published in the December 2020 issue of Quarry Management 

Rising stars of the mineral extractives industry honoured with Institute of Quarrying Student Awards

Seven high-performing students at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products are celebrating personal success in the 2020 Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Student Awards. Callam Brough, Lewis Pinch, Wayne Cole, James Forrester, Mawgan Naylor, Lewis Coxon and Jonathan Nicholls, representing Aggregates Industries, Tarmac, Breedon, Hanson and CEMEX UK Materials, each received an award in the wide range of award categories.


James Thorne, chief executive officer of IQ, explained: ‘This year’s awards are unlike any other due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19. The awards ceremony should have taken place during the IQ’s annual Fellows’ Lunch at the Tower of London; sadly, that hasn’t been possible, so instead we have arranged for the winners’ employers to present their individual awards and prizes.’

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

Mark Osbaldeston, head of the Centre for Mineral Products at the University of Derby, said: ‘It’s a real shame that we can’t physically be together to celebrate the successes of this year’s cohort of IQ Student Award winners. We are proud of how all of our students have managed their studies alongside the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown our way. This year’s award winners have excelled themselves. On behalf of everyone at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products, congratulations.’

2020 award winners

Callam Brough MIQ, area technical supervisor at Aggregate Industries, was awarded The Goodwin Barsby Award, originally endowed by Leicester-based manufacturers Goodwin Barsby, and a £200 prize, for Best Honours Degree Student 2020. He joined the Honours course in January 2018 and has been exceptional throughout the two years. He scored highly on all five modules and achieved a first-class Honours degree with an average score of 77.3%. To achieve such a high mark at this level is a massive achievement and demonstrates dedication, intelligence and a very healthy slice of sheer hard work.

Lewis Pinch TMIQ, process engineer with Tarmac Cement & Lime, was revealed as The Reginald W Coles Prize winner, endowed in memory of past President of IQ, Mr R.W. Coles. He also received a £200 prize. Presented to the Best Overall Mineral Extractives Student Foundation Degree, his tutors praised him for his hard work since he joined the course in September 2017. Over the three academic years, he has never missed a tutorial weekend, never required an extension of time for assignments and has generally delivered exceptional work that clearly shows his level of learning and knowledge.

Wayne Cole TMIQ, 8.1.D with Breedon Group, was crowned the winner of The Scottish Springbank Quaich Award for Best Third Year Mineral Extractive Foundation Degree Student 2020, and received a £200 prize. Wayne proved a very able student over the three years of the course. His tutors commented that his assignments never proved to be rushed, were always laid out well and in a very logical order. What was also very apparent was that he always used the feedback from marking tutors to ensure continual improvement in his learning and assignment submissions.

James Forrester, higher apprentice at Aggregate Industries, won The Ransomes Rapier Award, endowed by the historical excavator manufacturers, as well as a £200 prize for Best Mineral Extractives Higher Apprentice 2020. He has been praised for constantly striving to improve his work and described by his tutors as a model student. He always handed in work of the highest quality, achieving an average of over 85% in six modules over the two years of his Level 5 apprenticeship, and consistently handed in his ‘Off the Job Training’ records at the end of each month, which is a requirement of the Higher Apprenticeship.

Best UK Mineral Extractives Diploma Student 2020, Mawgan Naylor, graduate trainee manager at Hanson, was awarded The Peter Preston Award (UK), bestowed by the late Peter Preston, managing director of Cliffe Hill Granite Co, and a £200 prize. She scored exceptionally highly in both Minerals Management (double module) and Mineral Extractives with an average for the year of 92%, proving what hard work and commitment can achieve. Her tutors recognized the extreme efforts she put into her assignments, which were always on time and of a very high standard.

Two Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates Awards of Excellence were presented to the Best Performing Mineral Extractives Foundation Degree Students in Year One and Two. Both winners also received a £200 prize. The first year of the Foundation Degree can be a challenge for many, due to time out from education, but Lewis Coxon, trainee quarry manager with CEMEX UK Materials, had no such issues and excelled in all three modules with an unprecedented average of 94%. His tutors were particularly impressed with how punctual his assignments were, with good information communicated in a logical, well laid-out fashion.

Year 2 student Jonathan Nicholls MIQ, unit manager at Tarmac A&A, achieved an overall average of 86% over the four modules. He was always present at tutorials and never late with assignments. His tutors described Jonathan as an enthusiastic, committed student with the potential to excel, and added that they would not be surprised if his name is present in next year’s awards list.

The higher education qualifications, through the partnership with the Mineral Products Centre, are delivered by the University of Derby in partnership with IQ and go hand in hand with everyday operations in the quarrying industry. Earlier this year, 119 students, representing a wide range of quarry operators and associated industries, successfully graduated from the University. 

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