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Bradford College is celebrating after being announced as the winner of the first ever NEF Innovation Awards for: Best Example of Innovation in a STEM Course or Training Programme (Organisational).
“I am so proud of the staff and their innovative approach to education and training. This award recognises this as well as their commitment in working with employers to deliver training that truly meets their workforce needs.”
Programme Manager for Science and Maths, Anita Lall
Dr Maggie Philbin, TeenTech CEO, BBC journalist, presenter and broadcaster made the announcement in London at the ‘Innovisions’ Conference, on Wednesday 5th December.
Designed to celebrate the very best in UK innovation, the Innovation Awards are an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate their innovation and gain recognition for the role they play in inspiring others.
The innovative work carried out by Bradford College’s Vocational Science Department on STEM education, impressed a panel of industry experts and scooped them the coveted title.
For over 60 years, Bradford College, has offered pharmacy qualifications, all in traditional “classroom” settings. In 2011, the College was approached by the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) to deliver the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (BTEC) as distance or blended learning.
Through distance/blended learning, lessons are delivered in a virtual classroom on a day release basis. Students are able to log in for sessions, to be greeted by a tutor waiting to take them through the lesson. Students are also able to communicate with each other as well as the tutor, making the delivery, much more than the average on-line learning.
Gail Hall, Training Manager Vocational Science, elaborating further said: “Flipped learning was also utilized, whereby students had workshop sessions to go through pre-prepared teaching materials. The tutor monitored activity that had taken place, having access to the number of keystrokes made and length of time spent viewing materials. Students then brought work prepared to the lesson the following week, hence flipping the learning.”
Through this pioneering method, Bradford College has provided a platform to foster innovative ways to communicate and engage with learners which are now at the forefront of educational discourse.
Earlier this year Bradford College Vocational Science Department also scooped the Partnership Award at the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Apprenticeship Awards 2013 and won the UK Cogent Life Sciences Skills Awards – the first such awards for the life sciences sector; demonstrating the strength of the College’s provision and work with both students and employers.
Commenting on winning this latest award Programme Manager for Science and Maths, Anita Lall said: “I am so proud of the staff and their innovative approach to education and training. This award recognises this as well as their commitment in working with employers to deliver training that truly meets their workforce needs.”