Nominations open for Student of the Year Awards

14 Jun 2021

Nominations are now open for the new-look 2021/22 AoC Student of the Year awards.

The awards celebrate the achievements and successes of exceptional students who stand out from the crowd. We are looking for students, who have gone above and beyond, whether in college, their local community or in extra-curricular activities.

Every college has examples of students who inspire those around them or who have personally achieved so we want to make sure they are recognised.

This year you can submit your nominations from 14 June via one online form and only have to answer a few questions. For example, what is it about the student’s personal achievement that makes it remarkable or outstanding?

The four categories are:

  • Young Student of the Year (16 to 18-years-old), with new sponsors the Edge Foundation - This category is open to anyone aged 16 to 18-years-old by 31 August 2021. There is no restriction on the course, type or level they are completing. Last year’s winner Esha Mumtaz made a significant contribution to her college and her community and her story made headlines nationally and internationally.
  • Adult Student of the Year (19+ years), sponsored by Pearson – This category is open to anyone aged 19-years-old and over as at 31 August 2021. There is no upper age limit, course, type of level. Sam Beckett and Scott Yarrington were joint winners of the award last year and were role models in their colleges.
  • Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by NOCN Group  - This category is open to anyone completing/completed an apprenticeship.  There is no restriction on age, type or level of apprenticeship. Last year’s winner Matthew Moir went above and beyond his sports and exercise science course and excelled in his teaching roles. 
  • Higher Education Student of the Year, with new sponsors Shakespeare Martineau - This category recognises outstanding and exceptional students who have studied a higher education programme at a college. The programme will need to be at level 4 and above and lead to a prescribed or non-prescribed HE qualification. We encourage colleges to nominate students from all age groups. Last year’s winner Jonathan Morris overcame significant barriers as an HND media student.

Please refer to our awards page for more information and details on how to submit an application. 

The closing date for applications is 6 September.