Tarmac students achieve institute of quarrying awards 

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“It's fantastic to see our employees recognised for all their hard work and study, both students received high praise from their tutors who commended their commitment and attention to detail throughout”

Peter Kay, head of learning and development

Two Tarmac employees studying at the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products are celebrating success in the 2020 Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Student Awards. The IQ Student Awards recognise those studying any one of the higher education courses at the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products and each award is recognition of an individual’s outstanding achievement and continuous commitment to the minerals extractives industry.


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Unit manager, Jonathan Nicholls, received a Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates Award of Excellence for the Best Performing Mineral Extractives Foundation Degree Students in Year Two. He achieved an impressive overall average of 86 percent over the four modules carried out. 

Lewis Pinch, a process engineer in Tarmac’s Cement and Lime business was awarded The Reginald W Coles Prize, endowed in memory of past President of IQ, Mr R. W. Coles. He also was named Best Overall Mineral Extractives Student on a Foundation Degree.

Both students received high praise from their tutors who commended their commitment and attention to detail throughout.

The Higher Education qualifications, through the partnership with the Mineral Products Centre, are delivered by the University of Derby in partnership with IQ and go hand in hand with everyday operations in the quarrying industry. Earlier this year 119 students, representing a wide range of quarry operators and associated industries, successfully graduated from the University. 


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