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Wakefield College Principal Sue Griffiths and College ILT Manager, Steve Bell receive the award from Minister for FE, Kevin Brennan.

Wakefield College is celebrating after receiving a prestigious Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Beacon Award at a presentation ceremony in Westminster, London this week.

Wakefield College was presented with the Becta Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology by Kevin Brennan MP, Minister of State for Further Education. The Award recognises the College’s effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning.

Judges were impressed by the way technology has been embedded into the College’s overall strategy, and its skillsXchange facilities were described as ‘state of the art’, providing an exceptional experience for students and staff. The overall philosophy of ‘small steps – one direction’ has led to great improvements at the College, including increased effectiveness, efficiency and student performance.

The College’s approach to the use of technology enables provision of an integrated IT system which enhances e-learning and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the institution’s administrative and management systems.

Sue Slassor, Director of Quality and Performance at Wakefield College, said: “It was a fabulous experience attending the national Beacon awards ceremony. We really enjoyed seeing snapshots of the work of the other award winners and it was a very proud moment for us to receive our award from the minister.”

College Principal, Sue Griffiths, added: “This award gives Wakefield College national recognition for our excellent organisational approach to the strategic integration of technology to enhance the experience of all our learners and staff.”

Presenting the Awards, Kevin Brennan said: “The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the greatest successes of the Further Education sector in responding to the needs of students, local businesses and the communities they serve.

“Colleges are vital to giving people the skills and qualifications they need and play an important role in creating partnerships with employers. It is right that these institutions are recognised for their hard work.”

Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, Dame Patricia Morgan-Webb said: “Beacon winners blaze a trail in finding new ways of doing things; they contribute to social justice and are instrumental in local economic and social re-generation, which is essential during these turbulent times. Whilst the winners this year are located across the UK, what they all share are the key traits of innovation, creativity, responsiveness and a collaborative approach. I am delighted on behalf of the AoC Charitable Trust to reward the contribution that these colleges make; they are the pillars of our communities.”

Staff involved with ILT at Wakefield College have been recognised for their pioneering work, having been asked to run a workshop in Leeds where governors from other educational providers across the UK will learn about the College’s award winning work.


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DATE: 15 February, 2010

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