Selby College celebrates ‘Excellence’ at Higher Education Awards Ceremony

Selby College proudly held its fourth annual Higher Education Awards Ceremony on Friday 17th November at Selby Abbey as students celebrated their academic and personal success stories with family and friends.

It has been a fantastic year for Selby College’s Higher Education department with a growing student cohort and a wider range of courses than ever before. The 2016/17 academic year saw Higher Education recruitment reach a record number of 221 students, and the top-performing tertiary college’s offer now includes Art & Design and Business, with approval to run an Access to HE (Humanities and Social Science) Diploma awarded in September and a Higher National Diploma in Construction in the pipeline for the New Year.

In June, the college also celebrated another milestone when it learnt it had achieved a Silver Award, following the publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its expanding and highly regarded Higher Education course provision, a clear sign of the great work being done within the college. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the Government’s TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Special guest Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences/Professor of Midwifery at University of Hull addressed the audience of students, families and VIPs including the Chair of North Yorkshire County Council, Chair of Selby District Council and the Deputy Mayor of Selby Town Council, as well as councillors, local employers, college Governors and staff, talking about the many benefits that Higher Education provides.

Professor Jomeen added, "The University is immensely proud of its relationship with Selby College. The partnership enables us all to work together to bring excellent quality Higher Education into closer contact with the world of work and employment. It was a pleasure to present the HE awards for Selby College as a representative of The University of Hull and to congratulate many of those who have taken up the opportunities that are on offer.” 

Professor Jomeen then presented certificates to graduates, including five special award winners who were commended for exceptional achievements in their studies; Amanda Aitchison and Monica Shaw for In-Service Certificate in Education/PGCE (Lifelong Learning), Thomas Martin Fletcher Somers for the Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development, Marcus Foster for the Higher National Diploma in Business and William Thorne for the BSc in Sports Coaching and Exercise Science.

Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production student Fiona Lee who supported Seth Lakeman at the Abbey as part of Selby Arts Festival in the summer. The former Howden School student and self-taught musician performed two original songs, Loving at Best and Sugar.

Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive spoke of the success that Selby College continues to enjoy: “Since we first introduced Higher Education courses at Selby College, working with our partners, The University of Hull and Huddersfield University, we have never lost sight of the main aim, which was to ensure the local communities we serve in Selby, Goole and the surrounding area had access to high-quality and affordable Higher Education courses on their doorstep. The Silver Award confirms that we are not only achieving this aim, but the services provided are of the highest quality and compare equally with similar courses offered at far larger universities.”

Allan added: “Colleges make up 82% of the market for Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, and Selby College is pleased to be a part of that figure, and to provide these opportunities to our students locally. I feel hugely proud of all of our students this afternoon and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Selby College is committed to widening participation to Higher Education, supporting the institution’s primary mission to be an outstanding provider of education and training, meeting the needs of employers and the community and supporting learners to achieve their potential through excellent teaching and learning.

The college will return to Selby Abbey to celebrate the college-wide student success stories of the past year at a special Awards Ceremony on Friday 15th December.

Published: Tuesday 21 Nov 2017