B&FC staff commended for work to increase access to education

Published on 14/06/2017 by pfi

Blackpool and The Fylde College has received a hat-trick of commendations at this year’s NEON Awards, which recognise work to widen participation in education.

The fourth annual NEON Awards was hosted by The Rt Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal at the Royal Society of Arts in London, and saw more than 50 nominations across six categories.

B&FC was highly commended in the following areas:

  • Higher Education Institution of the Year Award
  • Outstanding College Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access Award - Dr Judith Poole, Blackpool and The Fylde College

Dr Judith Poole, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing at B&FC, said:

“To be commended in three of the six categories available at the NEON Awards is something we are really proud of.

“At Blackpool and The Fylde College we are champions of social mobility. Some 65 per cent of our higher education students, 56 per cent of our further education students and 39 per cent of our apprentices are drawn from areas of least participation. Engaging with these students is a vital part of what we do here.

“Blackpool has its issues but these commendations are recognition of the work of all staff at the College which has seen us make great strides in widening access and retention and improving success rates among students.

“Personally, I am humbled to have been recognised in this way, having spent 10 years working in safeguarding, equality and diversity and widening participation. I have always focussed on bridging identified or potential gaps for students to become the best they can be and reach their full potential.”

B&FC focuses on aspects of technical and professional education and training which are needed to drive the economy, deliver a skilled workforce for industry and secure sustainable employment for students.

It is an Ofsted Outstanding college and currently has around 18, 000 students enrolled, with more than 3,000 studying higher education programmes.