The AoC Awards Evening took place on Tuesday 14 November and featured both the AoC Beacon Awards and Student of the Year Awards in addition to the new Student Video of the Year Award – making the evening a celebration of the very best in FE.


Young Student of the Year Award – Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland

Winner – Sophie Ainsworth, Nelson and Colne College (pictured)

Runner up – Mason Cherritt, Weston College

Runner up – Kirsty Newman, Abingdon and Witney College


Adult Student of the Year Award – Sponsored by Chartered Management Institute

Winner – Rachelle Wabissa, Bath College (pictures)

Runner up – Joyce Abumujor, Chesterfield College

Runner up – Jared Carpenter, City College Norwich


Apprentice of the Year Award – Sponsored by Reed

Winner – Danielle Thomas, City College Southampton

Runner up – George Autie, The Cornwall Group

Runner up – Josh Barber, Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Beacon Awards Winners

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. They reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education.

The winners in 2017 are:

Edge Award for Practical Teaching and Learning – Abingdon and Witney College

Award for Students with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities – Weston College

Jisc Award for the Effective Use of Technology in Further Education – Portsmouth College

Award for the Promotion and Delivery of Successful Apprenticeships – Gloucestershire College

City & Guild Award for Staff Development – Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

RSM Award for Leadership and Governance – Bridgend College

AoC Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing – Truro and Penwith College

AoC Award for College Engagement with Employers – Sunderland College

Skills and Education Group Award for Transition into Post- 16 Education and Training – Cardiff and Vale College

The Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Education and Guidance Award – City of Wolverhampton College

Gateway Qualifications Widening Participation in Learning Award – Weston College