Assessment of the applications for the AoC Beacon Awards is carried out by specialist assessors co-ordinated by the Trust, with the support of the Chief Assessor.
The assessment process has three stages:
Stage 1 - Shortlisting
Assessors consider the anonymous applications from colleges and submit recommendations for shortlisting for each award that best meet these criteria.
Once approved, assessors contact the shortlisted colleges to arrange an assessment visit. Colleges not shortlisted may contact the Director of the Charitable Trust after the winners have been announced for feedback on their submission.
Stage 2 – Assessment visits
Assessment visits take place in September and early October, and are intended to match the ‘evidence on the ground’ at the shortlisted college with the application. Assessors are interested in exploring with the college’s staff, students and stakeholders the benefits of the project for everyone.
Assessors will provide brief feedback to the college at the end of the visit. No indication of the outcome or decisions for the award can or should be made at this stage.
Stage 3 – Final decisions
The Chief Assessor presents the assessors’ reports and recommendations to the AoC Beacon Awards Steering Group, which selects the award winners.
All AoC Beacon Awards are awarded or withheld at the sole and absolute discretion of the AoC Beacon Awards Steering Group and those acting on its behalf and no explanation will be provided on these decisions.
The AoC Beacon Award Handbook provides full details.
Each year the Chief Assessor publishes an annual report providing information about the assessment process and useful tips for this year's applicants.