Vice Chancellor Sir Steve Smith Inspires Sixth Form Students

The College's Sixth Form students welcomed invited guest, Sir Steve Smith, to the College’s Daphne Collman Auditorium on Wednesday 29 March. 

The international relations theorist, academic and Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter travelled to the College to deliver an inspirational talk to students on raising aspirations, challenging the status quo and pursuing personal goals, before joining members of the College’s Leadership Team for an informal lunch. 

Sir Steve Smith with members of the Sixth Form Leadership Team and Principal Paul Cornish

Sir Steve Smith with members of the Sixth Form Leadership Team and Principal Paul Cornish

The presentation was followed by a question and answer session, with students submitting questions that had been devised through the College’s most recent Enrichment Day. 

It was these questions that left the biggest impression on Sir Steve Smith, who commented: “My visit to Newton Abbot College has been great. It is always enjoyable speaking in schools and colleges. The students asked some incredible and penetrating questions that were not in any way predictable. The language and thinking that had gone into them was extremely impressive and they really pushed me to think.”

Co-Chair of the College’s recently formed Student Leadership Team and audience member, Melis Blackford, valued the presentation: “It was both eye-opening and inspiring listening to Sir Steve Smith’s presentation. Opportunities to interact with people like this are fundamental to students for their personal growth and development and we are extremely grateful for the time he took to come and speak to us.”

Principal, Paul Cornish, reiterated the importance of such visits: “Newton Abbot College will always seek to present the vast opportunities available to students in the wider world; talks and presentations such as these are invaluable to helping us maximise our students’ outcomes and improve their life chances.” 

My visit to Newton Abbot College has been great. It is always enjoyable speaking in schools and colleges. The students asked some incredible and penetrating questions that were not in any way predictable. The language and thinking that had gone into them was extremely impressive and they really pushed me to think.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, Sir Steve Smith
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