21 November 2018

The finalists for this year’s AoC Beacon Awards were announced at a glamorous gala dinner in Birmingham last night.

More than 300 staff from the further education packed out the ICC venue to witness the colleges that were nominated in eight different categories for their contribution to the further education sector.

The Beacon Awards were launched over 20 years ago to recognise the fantastic work that colleges do each day, training more than two million people, including over 600,000 16 – to 18-year-olds. For the first time this year, the finalists of the Tes FE Awards were also announced at the gala dinner, with the winners of all the awards to be announced at the Tes FE Awards ceremony in London next February.

The shortlist for the 2018/19 Awards is as follows:

British Council International Award 

National Star College (Cheltenham

Glasgow Kelvin College (Scotland)

Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

Southern Regional College (N Ireland)

The Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Education and Guidance Award 

North West Regional College (N Ireland)

Sunderland College

Edge Award for Excellence in the Practical Delivery of Technical and Professional Learning

Wiltshire College

Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

EKC Group (East Kent)

Skills and Education Group Award for Social Mobility and Widening Participation

Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Abingdon & Witney College

AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

Middlesbrough College

Weston College

Reaseheath College (Cheshire)

Cardiff & Vale College (Wales)

Effective use of Technology in Further Education Award (Jisc)

Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

Preston's College

Bolton College

City and Guilds College Engagement with Employers Award

Weston College

City of Glasgow College (Scotland)

Havering College of Further & Higher Education

Belfast Metropolitan College (Northern Ireland)

RCU Support for Learners Award

Barking & Dagenham College

National Star College (Cheltenham)

Activate Learning (Oxford/Reading)

Carole Stott MBE, Chair of the AoC Charitable Trust, said: “The Beacon Awards were created to highlight the great work that goes on in colleges every day.

“Colleges put in a fantastic effort to transform the lives of more than two million people each day and are deeply embedded within their communities. These finalists have done exceptionally well to get this far, and we wish them the best of luck for the final in February.”


To find out more about the Tes FE Awards, click here.