Colleges celebrate success at Beacon Awards 2021

08 Feb 2021

Eleven colleges across the UK have been honoured at the Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards for excellence in providing high-quality technical and professional education and training.

The annual awards for further education and sixth form colleges were announced by AoC's Chief Executive, David Hughes at a celebration event at the virtual AoC Annual Conference. 

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. They reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education. Award winners must also offer something exceptional to students and the wider community.

Each of the winning colleges have developed a programme that benefits the wider local community, helping young people achieve skills for the workplace or making education and training accessible.

The AoC Beacon Award winners include:

  • DN Colleges Group (British Council International Award)
  • West Suffolk College (Careers and Enterprise Company Award for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise)
  • Strode College (Edge Award for Excellence in the Practical Delivery of Technical and Real World Learning
  • East Durham College (Pears #iwill Award for Social Action and Student Engagement) 
  • Bridgend College (NOCN Group Mental Health and Wellbeing Award)
  • TEC Partnership (Jisc Award for effective use of Digital Technology in further education) 
  • Bridgwater & Taunton College (City and Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers) 
  • Abingdon & Witney College (RCU Support for Students Award) 
  • Weston College (Inclusive Learning Leadership Award, supported by The National Centre for Diversity)

Two colleges were highly commended in the following categories:

  • Lancaster & Morecambe College (Edge Award for Excellence in the Practical Delivery of Technical and Professional Learning)
  • Petroc College (Jisc Award for effective use of Digital Technology in further education)

Chief Executive of Association of Colleges, David Hughes said: 

“The AoC Beacon Awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them. The award recognises the very best collaboration, support and education and training that is delivered by expert teaching staff. The work of the winning and highly commended colleges and their partnerships show how vital colleges are to the equipping the future workforce and their local and regional communities.”