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Dr Jonathan Heggarty, director of curriculum and learner success at Belfast Met, Marie-Therese McGivern, principal and chief executive, Belfast Met, Beverley Harrison, director of further education division, Department for the Economy, Kathleen O’Hare, Belfast Met board of governors’ member, and Belfast Met board of governors chairman, Frank Bryan

Dr Jonathan Heggarty, director of curriculum and learner success at Belfast Met, Marie-Therese McGivern, principal and chief executive, Belfast Met, Beverley Harrison, director of further education division, Department for the Economy, Kathleen O’Hare, Belfast Met board of governors’ member, and Belfast Met board of governors chairman, Frank Bryan

Dr Jonathan Heggarty, director of curriculum and learner success at Belfast Met, Marie-Therese McGivern, principal and chief executive, Belfast Met, Beverley Harrison, director of further education division, Department for the Economy, Kathleen O’Hare, Belfast Met board of governors’ member, and Belfast Met board of governors chairman, Frank Bryan

Belfast Metropolitan College has received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize – a UK-wide award recognising excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by UK colleges and universities.

Representatives from the college attended Buckingham Palace recently for the award presentation from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

This is the first time Belfast Met has received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, receiving the honour for developing the Digital IT curriculum in Northern Ireland. It is only one of four further education colleges to have received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on this occasion.

The award is in recognition of its excellence in further education training in IT. The college was the designated Curriculum Hub for the Digital IT sector in Northern Ireland in 2017, resulting in the college leading training in information and communications technology across the region.

The Belfast Met ethos encapsulates its commitment to ensuring that every student, irrespective of background, gains the skills to get a job.

Marie Therese McGivern, principal and chief executive of Belfast Met said: “Belfast Met are honoured to receive our first Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our work in developing a world class IT talent pipeline in Northern Ireland. We look forward to continue working in partnership with businesses in developing skills that will support economic growth in Belfast and beyond.”

Damian Duffy, director of development at Belfast Met said: “This prestigious award recognises the achievements of staff and students who have been working with local and global IT organisations to place the college at the forefront of IT innovation and employability.

“This accolade comes on the back of Belfast Met winning a number of national awards for employer engagement in recent years. There has not been a more exciting time to be working in the Further Education Sector in Northern Ireland, and Belfast Met continues to lead the way in terms of national standing in the digital ICT space.”

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes have been running for over 25 years and are considered one of the most prestigious awards in the education sector. The scheme runs on a two-year cycle and is managed by The Royal Anniversary Trust.

Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest further and higher education college in Northern Ireland, providing education, training and skills to enhance individual, community and economic success. Visit www.belfastmet.ac.uk for more information