he event, which takes place annually, saw hundreds of guests attend to hear Mr. Fanshawe announce the winners of the Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions made by staff and students to embracing diversity while working with the local community.
The Awards were broken down into six categories and entrants were encouraged to submit their entries on DVD, story boards, journals and photographs.
The event took place in the Mandela Building exhibition space, at the College's Rye Hill Campus and entertainment was provided by the South Tyneside Maritime Choir who came along to sing at the event.
Simon Fanshawe said: “I'm delighted to have been asked to speak at the College’s Diversity Awards. The entries to the competition show how the students have made a proactive choice to recognise and engage with local communities.
“They’ve demonstrated an understanding of how diverse society is, and I’m very impressed with the wide range of topics that’s been covered and the results that have been achieved.”
Simon first came to public attention as a comedian, winning the prestigious Perrier Award in 1989 and appearing on the television programme, That's Life! He was a founding member of national charity, Stonewall and has been a frequent contributor on a variety of subjects from arts to politics in newspapers and on many BBC radio and TV programmes.
Angela Allan, Director of Bids for Newcastle College: “The College has a diverse staff and student community. These awards provide a fun way for us to celebrate equality and diversity, whilst raising awareness of the fact that we are all unique.
“We were delighted that Simon could join us, he enthralled our audience, and I would like to thank him very much for being part of the awards.”