Ascentis Access to Higher Education Excellence Awards - Winners 2023-24

Access to Higher Education students often have responsibilities and commitments alongside their studies, making their educational journeys and outstanding academic achievements even more inspirational. It is important that we recognise and celebrate the hard work and determination shown by Access to HE students, whatever the circumstances.

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification that prepares students for study at degree level. It provides relevant academic subject knowledge and the opportunity to learn how to approach study at university-level. In 2021-22, over 40,000 students registered to study an Access to HE Diploma.


Outstanding Academic Achievement Winners

Learners in this category should have excelled in their academic study by producing assessed work of an outstanding quality whilst on their Access to HE course. This could include: 

  • Individual achievement beyond standard expectations
  • An outstanding grade profile
  • Demonstration of academic skills and techniques beyond what would normally be expected
  • Evidenced academic ability likely to result in outstanding achievement in HE


Winner:  Hannah Caulton, Runshaw College

Congratulations on winning the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. You have demonstrated inspiring commitment to study by learning new skills, welcoming further learning opportunities and going above and beyond to achieve consistent excellent results, all while balancing family life. We are confident that you will continue to shine as you take your next steps in your career.” Judge

Runner-up: Sharon Dyson, Activate Bracknell and Wokingham College

Developing your excellent academic abilities under uncertain and adverse circumstances is inspiring. Your high academic standards, especially your report writing, referencing, and analytical thinking skills, together with your generosity in sharing your insights and experiences with your peer groups are truly impressive. We would like to commend you for your outstanding academic achievements and wish you every success in your future studies!” Judge

 

Outstanding Commitment to Study Winners

Learners in this category will have shown outstanding commitment to their Access to HE studies by evidencing some or all of the following:

  • Difficult and challenging personal circumstances
  • An inspirational journey which demonstrates the impact of learning
  • Clear evidence of extra effort above and beyond that which would normally be required of a learner
  • A demonstration of an outstanding level of commitment to study

Winner: Hayley Stockton, Warrington and Vale Royal College

“We are thrilled to award you with the Outstanding Commitment to Study Award. Despite facing significant personal setbacks, you have demonstrated exceptional resilience and unwavering dedication to your education. You are truly inspiring! Your journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, and we are confident you will continue to excel, inspiring even more people along the way. Huge Congratulations!” Judge

Runner up: Connor Marlor, Oldham College

Your story of personal growth and transformation through learning, in the face of incredible challenges and daunting obstacles, is a truly inspirational one, demonstrating  resilience, determination and an unquenchable human spirit. Well done.” Judge 

 

Celebrating Success

All learners nominated for an award receive a Certificate of Recognition from Ascentis.

Prize winners will receive a cheque for £400 and runners-up will receive a cheque for £200, to help them with their future studies.

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