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Published on January 20th, 2014 | by voxx


Grimsby Institute wins prestigious national award

Staff and students at the Grimsby Institute are in celebration after being awarded a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Higher Education in Further Education. The college was announced as winner of the UCAS-sponsored award by Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, at the AoC Annual Conference in Birmingham on Tuesday 19th November.

The Grimsby Institute has been granted the award owing to its development of a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Hospital and Health Care, which has provided opportunities to non-traditional learners in the field of nursing.  The aim of the qualification is to ensure that students do not have to start from the beginning to study for a nursing degree after achieving their FdSc.

The Institute offers a ‘year zero’ arrangement which accepts entrants without qualifications and trains them to Level 3 in one year, making it possible to obtain a degree from scratch in five years.

Students spend two years at the Institute and transfer to the University of Hull for the second half of their course.  An effective network of partnerships supports varied placements, some of which offer opportunities for students to further improve their prospects through volunteering.

In regards to the award, 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 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. 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.”

Sue Middlehurst, Principal & Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group, added: “We are thrilled with the announcement of this award for Higher Education in Further Education.

” The work that is currently being undertaken by the Grimsby Institute Group at University Centre Grimsby (UCG) is offering people of all ages from our community, and further afield, the opportunities to study for a Higher Education qualification right on their doorsteps.  This award is testament to the fantastic work of the staff at UCG and I am very proud of them all.”

The Grimsby Institute will be presented with its award by Matthew Hancock MP at a national presentation ceremony due to be held at Westminster on 5th February 2014.

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