Gold Award

Last Update: 16 July 2006


Source: Rotherham College of Arts & Technology

The Association of Colleges recently awarded Sean Bean with a Gold Award
to celebrate his success through further education. The awards were held on
June 14th 2006, at the House of Commons in London. His daughter Lorna Bean
attended the event on behalf of Sean, who unfortunately couldn't attend due to
filming commitments.
Sean first came to Rotherham College of Arts and Technology in 1978. He
initially studied Welding, but with the support of his tutors, peers and the
College, Sean was able to take a radical step at that time and transfer
onto a performance and Theatre course so that he could study for his
dream career.

Equipped with education and experience from the course, Sean is an
example of the benefits of further education and the college is proud to
have played a role in his achievements.
“When I started at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology I was set on
studying welding so I could enter the family business. When I discovered that
I had an interest and talent in acting, the College gave me the opportunity
to change direction, and supported me fully throughout my course.

“I am proud to have won a Gold Award and I am grateful to the College, for
all of their encouragement and for nominating me for this award.”

Sean is not only a household name in Britain owing to TV roles such as
Sharpe and Lady Chatterley's Lover, but has broken into Hollywood, landing
roles in Lord of the Rings and Bond film Golden Eye.

The college was pleased to be given the opportunity to present Sean with the
award and we hope that his success only continues.





Sean's daughter Lorna accepted the award on behalf of her father.
Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

Source: The Guardian
20 June 2006
Peter Kingston
A good turnout for the Gold Awards honouring former college students who
have gone on to great things. One year not a single winner turned up.
But only the actor Sean Bean failed to make the 2006 ceremony at the
House of Commons, organised by the Association of Colleges. Work
pressure, explained his agent. Bean, who did welding at Rotherham College
before switching to performing arts, has been yomping around Gloucestershire
playing a paratrooper in the film Outlaw. His daughter Lorna collected his
award. Other winners included Kim Wilde, the former pop singer turned
gardener (Capel Manor College), the folk singer Kate Rusby (Barnsley
College) and the Olympic gold medallist sprinter Marlon Devonish (Henley
College, Coventry).

Gold Awards for Further Education Alumni
The winners of the 2006 Gold Awards for Further Education Alumni
will be announced at a presentation to be held at the House of
Commons on Wednesday 14 June 2006.

Gold Award winners, who are nominated by further education colleges,
are people who have attended that college and who have since gone on
to achieve excellence in his or her chosen field.

Recipients of the Gold Awards will have:
Attended college for a significant period (e.g. for a year or until
the completion of a qualification).
Acknowledged that they gained benefit from their time at college
(e.g. by gaining the confidence and competence to pursue an
occupation or enter preparation for the field in which they have
Received public recognition and acclaim, or made a major
contribution in their field.


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