DJ, TV Presenter and Actor, Reggie Yates, was awarded the prestigious Gold Award from the AoC at a ceremony at the House of Commons last month.
The award, for which Reggie was nominated by his former college, celebrates successful and influential alumni.
Reggie re-connected with City and Islington College, where he studied his A Levels in Art, Graphics and Media Studies, after Think Alumni contacted him through his agent during their partnership with the college. Reggie agreed to return to his former college to speak to current Media students as a guest lecturer.
Reggie spoke honestly and openly about his experiences in the media industry to a packed classroom of current media students. “It’s not an easy area to succeed in,” he said, “but with the right work ethic you can make it.”
“It was hugely successful – probably the best industry talk we’ve ever had,” said Rebecca Morris from the College Media Department. “The students found his story inspirational, and the fact that he came from here really encouraged them as he was one of them.”
One student said: “He was very funny and as an aspiring film director myself, the fact that he used to study here gives me hope that I can make it in the industry too.”
On winning the Gold Award last month, Reggie said” I have had an exciting and varied career and the support I received from City and Islington College was integral in getting me where I am today. I hope what I have achieved so far can inspire young people to develop their own vision of what they want to achieve and go for it. My teachers at City and Islington College helped make my vision a reality and I’m grateful to them for nominating me for this award.”
Kieron White, CEO Think Alumni said “I am delighted that Reggie Yates came back to inspire City and Islington College’s students. As part of our work with FE Colleges we seek out famous, successful or high- achieving alumni to return and share their stories or provide a testimonial. We have developed a method for finding and engaging celebrity alumni which we have used to benefit a number of Colleges.”