Staff from the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education enjoyed an evening of celebration in recognition of their recent Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Widening Participation in Learning, and the much converted Leading Light Award.
The Institute was selected from the 12 AoC Beacon Award 2016/17 winning colleges across the country as the overall Leading Light winner by Baroness Sharp of Guildford, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, who was able to attend the celebration and visit the Institute.
Baroness Sharp addressed the staff on the night to congratulate them on their success and spent the afternoon visiting a number of departments to have a look at the excellent work taking place. She said: “ The college makes sure they provide high quality support for their students and those students are achieving. Here you’ve got people who have never thought about going to university and they end up getting a first-class honours degree.
“Students who failed at school are shown at the college that they can succeed and are shown how to set their ambitions high and that it is so important. I was impressed that that the Institute are making sure their tutors are keeping up to date and are following good practice in teaching, all of that is pulled together and is clearly something which is very unique. Others need to follow where they are going so they can become a Leading Light; we want the Institute example to be followed by others because we think it’s very good practice.”
Gill Alton, Grimsby Institute CEO thanked her staff for their hard-work and commitment:
“What staff do here to support our learners is huge and has a huge impact on our learners lives. Often someone can come to us with no prior qualifications as an adult and that’s completely nerve wracking, we’re nurturing them to believe in themselves and it’s a talent that our staff have in abundance and they exercise it regularly.” Gill went on to say:” We would love to work with more people, we’ve got this fantastic building and a fantastic reputation and we would encourage people to come and talk to us about the opportunities on offer.”