Bradford College is celebrating after been announced as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to a Subject or Vocational Area Award at this year’s TES FE Awards.
“The night was amazing! It is such a privilege to have our work, which we enjoy so much, recognised in this way.”
Hayley Lomas, Programme Manager
The work of the Hospitality and Travel team at Bradford College, under the leadership of Programme Manager Hayley Lomas, was recognised as the winner in this category.
Commenting on winning the award, Hayley Lomas said: “The night was amazing! It is such a privilege to have our work, which we enjoy so much, recognised in this way.”
Moving into a new £50 million building was the culmination of a programme that has transformed the faculty’s provision. With a policy of admitting all applicants, the team has nonetheless improved student success rates by 22 per cent; 90 per cent of catering students’ progress to the next level within the department; and turnover in the college’s training restaurant and eating zone has nearly doubled.
Provision for students – especially outside formal education – has changed beyond all recognition, in terms of student support, trips, competitions and enrichment activities.
The students clearly love learning in the faculty, with one commenting: “There is no one in the department who I wouldn’t feel comfortable going to for help – everyone is so approachable. I now feel able to overcome any challenge.”
And the judges were certainly impressed by Lomas’ work. “This entry has everything, including amazing student numbers and success rates. It has a brilliant wow factor in its breadth and all-round achievement,” they said. “It is utterly outstanding.”
And as if all that were not enough, the team at Bradford College also has two world records: for creating the world’s largest vegetable samosa and the world’s largest onion bhaji.
Over 600 of the UK’s most committed Further Education professionals gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 27 February.
Other awards at the glittering black-tie event, hosted by David Baddiel, included prizes for the Teacher of the Year, College of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community.
Now in their fourth year, the TES FE Awards celebrate the achievements of the wide range of providers working in learning and skills. Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for the 13 categories to recognise and reward achievement in employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and entrepreneurship.
For more coverage of the awards, full lists of winners, and photos from the evening, please visit www.tesfeawards.co.uk or pick up a copy of TES, available in newsagents from 6 March.