Staff and students at Middlesbrough College are celebrating after scooping the Innovation in Access to Higher Education (HE) award at this year’s One Awards, 20th Anniversary Awards.
The college – one of the largest providers of Access to HE in the North-East – picked up the prize for its work in innovating around quality assurance and standardisation.
Judges of the One Awards were impressed by the way in which Middlesbrough College had approached the administration and delivery of its large Access to HE diploma offering.
Traditionally, Access to HE diplomas have only been offered in select subjects, but Middlesbrough College has opened up pathways to a wide variety of subject areas.
This has presented a challenge in delivery because each diploma requires specialist knowledge.
In response the college devised systems to manage standardisation, ensure quality and the sharing of good practice.
Judges singled out the college for its use of a Google Drive to create collaborative cross-college quality documents, traffic light code action plans for each diploma, a shared good practice folder and special forms to ensure 100% accuracy when transferring grades.
The college was praised for its methods and for its hand in the development of current and new diplomas.
Louise Morritt, One Awards’ chief executive, said: “The college’s commitment to quality improvement and innovation throughout all areas of its Access to HE Diploma provision is an excellent example of best practice for delivery and quality assurance and we congratulate Middlesbrough College on its achievement.”
It was not the only success for Middlesbrough College at the packed awards ceremony in the Sage Gateshead on March 11.
The college was also highly commended in the Outstanding Commitment to Quality Improvement Award.
Judges said that since the introduction of a new quality model, the Access team at Middlesbrough College had demonstrated a “positive, effective and exemplary” commitment to continuing improvement.
The work was led by Chris Goswami, the Cross College Access to HE Co-ordinator, supported by senior management.
Chris implemented plans to support the Access team, put effective planning processes into place, and ensured best practice was shared across all Diplomas.
One Awards judges said: “There is no doubt that the team’s performance can rightly be described as demonstrating best practice in quality improvement.”
Zoe Lewis, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised for our commitment to improving Access to HE.
“Middlesbrough College has a great heritage of providing people with a route back into learning and helping students secure places at universities is one of our key strengths.”
• Pictured (above): Middlesbrough College Access Team being presented with their award by Louise Morritt, chief executive at One Awards and David Hughes, chief executive Officer at The Learning and Work Institute.
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