Engineering and D & T awards

Alton College is ranked number one provider for studying Engineering in East Hampshire for 16-19 year olds, and our Engineering  and Design & Technology students were recently presented with awards for excellence in their areas.

David Forrest, the owner of FB Design (a bespoke furniture and cabinet making company based in Herriard), set up a prize for the best year two Design and Technology project. David previously taught in Alton and wanted to reward excellence in Design and Technology. The £250 prize, awarded for quality of design and attention to detail in the practical work, has been jointly won this year by Toby Goldsmith, previously at Eggar’s School and Arun Matharu, previously at Amery Hill School. Toby’s project was an oriental inspired bench in limed oak and Arun’s project was a scaled outbuilding and interactive display stand. Arun and Toby are pictured here with David Forrest presenting the award.

The Engineering department has once again presented talented students with The Mason Memorial Prize. For fifteen years, ending in 2000, Mr Peter Mason, C.Eng. MIEE, visited Alton College on a regular basis to help, advise and encourage Engineering and Design and Technology students as they completed coursework projects. His extensive experience in the world of engineering was invaluable to the students who were privileged to work alongside him. When Peter passed away his daughter, Mrs Christine Westcott, set up and kindly funded The Mason Memorial Prize. This is awarded annually to the Engineering or Design and Technology student whose project best meets the following criteria:

  • A project that is technically challenging.
  • The application of good design principals.
  • High quality manufacturing skills.
  • Effective planning throughout the project.
  • A project which shows innovation

Christine Westcott came into college and spent time viewing the projects and discussing them with the students from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering course.  She was very impressed with the high standard of design and creativity that the students had shown in their work this year and choosing one winner from the array of amazing projects on display was not an easy decision. 

The Mason Memorial Prize was awarded to James Bell, previously at Robert May’s School for his ‘IPhone charger’.  The Runner-Up Prize went to Josh Lawrence, previously at More House School for his ‘Telephone line mouse stopper’.  James and Josh are pictured here with Christine and Engineering teachers Phil Thorn and Malcolm Buchanan.

Find out more about studying Engineering at Alton College here or speak to specialist teaching staff at our next Open Day on 4 July 3:30-8pm.