One Awards AVA 20th Anniversary - A celebration of Access to Higher Education in the North East

ADULT learners and educators from across Tyneside were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony set up to mark the 20th anniversary of Access Validating Agency One Awards.

The organisation, previously known as TROCN and OCN North East Region, has helped thousands of people into higher education over the past 20 years ago.

Tyne Metropolitan College had plenty to cheer about being announced joint winner of the Outstanding Commitment to Student Experience Award. The College was commended for its success in scheduling class timings to fit round school-drop off times and also offering students flexibility with their learning.

Gateshead College also came highly commended in the Outstanding Commitment to the Student Experience Award after establishing links with local care organisations and also hosting an allied health day.

On top of this, former students Ian Carr and Gemma Cullen who studied at Tyne Met College, and Louisa Storey from Consett, who studied at Derwentside College were all honoured for their excellent achievements in education.

Louise Morritt, One Award’s Chief Executive, said: “Ian Carr was awarded the Regional Winner of the Keith Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement after excelling in his course and receiving distinctions for all of his units and becoming an example to his peers.”

Gemma Cullen was the Winner of the Access Student Award for Peer Support, for her kind and caring attitude towards other students in her class.

Louise added: “Gemma always provided exceptional emotional, moral and academic support to her peers alongside achieving academic excellence in her studies. She gained distinctions in all of her units, and was offered a place to study mental health nursing.

“Louisa Storey was also winner of the Access Student Achievement in Higher Education Award, growing in confidence and supporting other students whilst working towards her dream of becoming a children’s nurse.

“On completion of her diploma, Louisa was offered a place at Northumbria University to study Children’s Nursing.”

The awards were closed by David Hall, Chair of the Board of trustees of One Awards.

He said: “I can’t think of anything better than to be witnessing these fantastic achievements from inspiring people here today.

“There is a right time for education for everyone, the only problem is that for different people that happens at different times.

“ One Awards Access to Higher Education courses have touched thousands of lives over its twenty year history, and will continue to provide valuable opportunities  for adult learners  to enable them to achieve their desired careers.”