BTC are Finalists in the AoC Beacon Awards | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) has been nominated as a finalist for the RCU Award for Support for Students at the AoC Beacon Awards. This prestigious recognition celebrates innovative and impactful practices in UK further education, and we’re proud to be among the best.

Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. They are a not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1996 by colleges, for colleges. Their members make up more than 90% of the sector – educating and training two million people each year.

Lorna Whitford, Head of Foundation Learning at BTC, shares her excitement,

Being a finalist for this award is a testament to our unwavering commitment to our students. It’s a reflection of our collective efforts to create a supportive and empowering educational environment.

Mark White CBE DL, Chair of AoC’s Charitable Trust, emphasises the importance of this achievement,

The AoC Beacon Awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them. This award recognises the critical role undertaken by boards, governors, and governance professionals in developing capacity for sustained improvement in the quality of provision for students.

These awards are a beacon of excellence in the education sector, judged by independent assessors to ensure impartiality and rigor. Being a finalist is not just an honour; it’s a responsibility we proudly uphold to continue making a significant impact on our students and the wider community.

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