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Northern College wins prestigious National Award

Congrats to LLSC

Staff and students at Northern College celebrate winning a coveted “Further Education Oscar”, for integrating the use of tablets into the curriculum

Staff and students were celebrating today as Northern College was awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for the effective integration of Libraries/Learning Resources Centres in Curriculum Delivery. The college was presented with the award, sponsored by CoLRiC, by Lord Willis, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, at the AoC Beacon Awards National Presentation Ceremony in London on Wednesday 5 February. The college was also congratulated by Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, who was present at the ceremony.

Through its approach, the Library and Learning Support Centre (LLSC) at Northern College, has made a significant contribution to learning and teaching and supporting students and staff.

The LLSC project has influenced collaboration and sharing good practice among teaching staff and the Centre itself is the driving force behind using ILT to improve teaching and learning.

Where tablets are in use, they are helping to build a social network between students, improving confidence in learning techniques, revision skills and group work.

Grazyna Kuczera, CoLRiC's Beacon Sponsor Assessor, said:

"CoLRiC is very proud to sponsor this prestigious award again which recognises and celebrates the breadth of provision that FE library and learning resource centres provide to students. We have, over the years, seen some exceptional examples of how these services are rising to the ever increasing challenges within this educational environment and the relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence. The bar has been raised again this year and all the nominees deserve recognition and congratulations for their high quality professional performances which demonstrate the indispensable value of the work that has been undertaken to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their academic potential."

Sean Mckernan, Head of Library, Learning Technologies and Student Support at Northern College, said:

"Northern College is honoured to receive such a prestigious award for a second time. It is a fitting tribute to the innovative work of the Library Team in their relentless drive to provide outstanding teaching, learning and student support at the College, with the library at the heart of the residential learning experience.

Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, Dame Pat Bacon, said:

As the Chair of the National Steering Group it has been a really interesting and exciting experience being involved in the selection of the AoC Beacon Award winners once again.

The field this year was as strong as ever. It’s great to see colleges identifying the challenges that we face, and confronting them head-on in innovative and creative ways.

The winning entries this year are all fantastic examples of the ways in which colleges are demonstrating how thoroughly they understand and respond to the needs of their learners, wider communities and employers.

I should like to congratulate all of the successful colleges and hope that they can make the most of the opportunity afforded to them through the Beacon Awards to help stimulate innovation and curriculum development across the sector"

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Roger Marriott, AoC Beacon Awards Chief Assessor, said:

"I have been greatly impressed by the innovative and excellent initiatives which have been identified through the assessment process of the AoC Beacon Awards this year.

It is a privilege to be able to see, first hand, the many imaginative and creative approaches that colleges are adopting to support their learners. The dedication and passion shown by these winning colleges to ensure that individuals are given the opportunity to realise their full potential is inspirational and I hope that the wider sector will benefit as a result of celebrating their achievements."

Northern College will host a local celebration event later this year.

Listen to the CoLRiC interview with the College Principal Jill Westerman

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