Newcastle College was last night crowned FE College of the Year at the first Educate the North Awards.
The high profile awards celebrate and recognise excellence in the education sector in the North.
The College beat off stiff competition to pick up the prestigious award, which recognised its outstanding work with employers, the community and in tackling unemployment. It also won the Access Award for the work its Learning Support Team does to break down barriers to learning and was the only college shortlisted in this category.
The awards, launched earlier this year, are the first of its kind and focus on a growing sector which is critical to the economic and cultural health and future of not only the Northern economy, but the UK generally.
Newcastle College Principal, Carole Kitching accepted the awards on behalf of the college at a special ceremony in Manchester last night. She said:
“These accolades are a huge thank you to the hard work undertaken by all of our staff and students over the last few years. To be recognised as the top FE college is a huge honour and testament to the outstanding student experience that we can offer at Newcastle College. I am completely overwhelmed by this achievement and am so proud of everyone at the college who has contributed to our success.”
Newcastle College is one of the country’s leading providers of FE and HE. The college has around 18,000 students studying a wide range of courses from foundation level to Masters Degree. It is one of a few colleges nationwide able to enrol students on a full time basis from 14 years old. It was also one of the first to be able to develop and validate its own foundation degrees.