Eleven colleges that showcase “the best and most innovative practice” in the sector have been honoured at the Association of Colleges Beacon Awards 2021.
This year’s winners and highly commended were celebrated during the membership organisation’s annual conference today, which is taking place virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.
AoC chief executive David Hughes highlighted how those rewarded have gone “above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education”.
“The awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them,” he said.
“They recognise the very best collaboration, support and education and training that is delivered by expert teaching staff.”
Full details about each entry can be read here. The categories and winners are as follows:
British Council International Award
Winner: DN Colleges Group
Careers and Enterprise Company Award for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise
Winner: West Suffolk College
Edge Award for Excellence in the Practical Delivery of Technical and Professional Learning
Winner: Strode College
Highly commended: Lancaster & Morecambe College
Pears #iwill Award for Social Action and Student Engagement
Wnner: East Durham College
NOCN Group Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
Winner: Bridgend College
Jisc Award for effective use of Digital Technology in further education
Winner: TEC Partnership
Highly commended: Petroc College
City and Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers
Winner: Bridgwater & Taunton College
RCU Support for Students Award
Abingdon & Witney College
Inclusive Learning Leadership Award, supported by The National Centre for Diversity
Winner: Weston College