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    College shortlisted for two national awards

    Abingdon & Witney College are in the running to win two awards at the 2017 Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards, it’s been announced.

    The annual awards, which “capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges”, saw 119 entries from 68 colleges across the UK all vying for the 11 Awards on offer.

    The College has been shortlisted for the Edge Award for Practical Teaching and Learning and the AoC Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

    For the Edge Award, the College submitted its successful ‘Action Tap’ project, which sees students from across the curriculum areas of Business, Accounting, Sport, Public Services and Travel and Tourism come together to work collaboratively on social action projects. This initiative engages local employers and community representatives with the students’ learning opportunities, whilst developing key practical skills that employers and higher education institutions demand.

    The College’s various support services played a key role in being nominated for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award. Projects that impressed the judges included the cross-campus Sport initiatives, the Safeguarding programme, counselling and 1:1 support and the College’s work in the community for adult learning.

    Jenny Craig, Vice Principal of Curriculum and Quality at the College, said: “Having won three Beacon Awards in the last three years, we have a fantastic track record of setting the standard for Further Education in Oxfordshire and nationally .”

    “I’m delighted that we have continued this positive trend with these nominations; it’s a testament to the ongoing dedication of our staff and teachers to deliver the highest quality teaching and support possible to our students, enabling them to contribute constructively to local employers and the wider community.”

    Carole Stott MBE, Chair of AoC Charitable Trust, said: “The Beacon Awards highlight the very best of college initiatives and activities. Being shortlisted for a Beacon Award highlights not only the good work of the colleges, but also the impact on students and communities. The high standard of submissions to the AoC Beacon Awards is testament to the innovation which takes place across the UK. Great colleges transform lives and communities. They meet the needs of employers and students by embracing new approaches to teaching, learning and leadership. The shortlist for this year’s Beacon Awards is testament to this.”

    The AoC Beacon Awards will be announced on the evening of 14 November in Birmingham.

    (November 2017)

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