College trio join guests of the Duke of York for awards launch

West Nottinghamshire College tutors Nikki Slack and Trudi Dean  with former student Alex Peake at the event
West Nottinghamshire College tutors Nikki Slack and Trudi Dean with former student Alex Peake at the event

Two staff members from West Nottinghamshire College attended a special event in London hosts by His Royal Highness The Duke of York.

Trudi Dean and Nikki Slack went to St James’ Palace for the launch event of the silver awards for the Duke’s inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) scheme.

They were joined by Alex Peake, a former level three software development student at the college, who was the first person to achieve both the scheme’s bronze and the silver awards.

Trudi said: “We ended up standing close by to the Duke of York so I tapped him on his shoulder and introduced myself and Alex to him, telling him that Alex was the first student to get bronze and silver.

“The Duke asked Alex ‘how many badges did you get?’ and Alex proudly replied ‘all of them’, much to his surprise.”

“This truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I was determined to not lose the opportunity for Alex to speak to Prince Andrew.

“It was such an enjoyable day and I’m grateful that I had the chance to attend.”