Colleges reach finals of AoC Beacon Awards 2021/22

17 Nov 2021

The finalists for the 2021/22 Beacon Awards were announced at the AoC Annual Conference in Birmingham. 

Colleges were nominated in 11 different categories for their contribution to the further education sector. This year’s programme also includes the new AoC Award for Widening Participation.

The AoC Beacon Awards capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. The aim of the awards programme is to demonstrate and promote the far-reaching impact of colleges on their students and the communities they serve.

The awards are judged by independent assessors, with an independent Chief Assessor ensuring consistency across the categories. 

Congratulations to the colleges that have met the AoC Beacon Standard 2021/22.

The Nous Group Award for Education for Sustainable Development

  • South West College 
  • South Devon College
     

The Copyright Licensing Agency Award for Excellence in Supporting Creativity

  • Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education (TEC Partnership)
     

The National Centre for Diversity Award for Inclusive Learning Leadership

  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • The Sheffield College
     

The AoC Award for Widening Participation

  • South Eastern Regional College
  • Isle of Wight College
     

The NOCN Group Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Sandwell College
  • Chichester College Group
  • Derwen College
     

The British Council Award for Internationalism

  • Burton and South Derbyshire College
  • City College Plymouth
  • Isle of Wight College
     

The Careers and Enterprise Company Award for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise

  • Weston College
  • Oldham College
     

The City & Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers

  • Exeter College
  • Salford City College (SCC Group)
  • Bradford College
     

The Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning

  • Bridgwater and Taunton College
  • Weston College
  • Boston College
  • Walsall College
     

The Jisc Award for Effective Use of Digital Technology in Further Education

  • Weston College
  • Bridgend College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology
     

The RCU Award for Support for Students

  • Barnsley College
  • South Devon College
  • The Sheffield College

Find out more about the excellent work of the finalist colleges through their project synopses available on the College Awards website. The winners will be announced in early 2022.