Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Student Prizes 2019-20
Now in its 10th year, the national Access to HE student prize, in memory of Keith Fletcher, formerly of Open College South West Region and a keen advocate of Access to HE, has once again produced a group of very worthy candidates.
Access students deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated, whatever the circumstances, it is hard at the best of times and this year has been a complete change to how we would normally operate, and we want to recognise this. This year, prizes will be presented to the winners in each category with all other nominees receiving a commendation certificate and a gift voucher, to recognise their achievement in exceptional circumstances.
The nominations have now been scrutinised by a panel of judges from each participating Access Validating Agency (AVA) and a winner has been chosen in each category. There are two categories ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ and ‘Outstanding Commitment to Study’.
All candidates will be invited to join a special virtual presentation event, at the beginning of March (date to be agreed), where the winners will receive a certificate and cheque of £750 to help them with their future study.
Judges of the Prizes
The following were the AVA nominated judges of this year’s Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize:
Julie Farmer, Deputy Chair of OCN London Quality and Standards Committee
Darren Howells, Interim Chief Executive, Agored Cymru
Jack Wilcock, Product Development Manager, Ascentis
Michelle Elliott, Vice Principal, University Centre Quayside
Gordon Laing, Edge Hill University, Trustee for Open Awards
Dr John McCann, retired Assistant Principal, Hills Road Sixth Form College, former member of CAVA Council
Paul Phillips, Board Member and Chair of LASER Access Quality & Development Committee, former Head of Admissions and UK Recruitment, Royal Holloway University of London
Yvonne Savage, Access to HE Moderator and External Quality Assurer, Gateway Qualifications
Outstanding Academic Achievement
Criteria for nomination: Students proposed in this category should have excelled in their academic study by producing assessed work of a consistently outstanding quality whilst on their Access courses. They should have shown evidence of some or all the following:
- outstanding commitment to their Access studies, perhaps in the face of difficult and challenging personal circumstances,
- having made an inspirational journey which demonstrates the life transforming power of learning,
- individual achievement beyond standard expectations,
- clear evidence of extra effort above and beyond that which would normally be required of a student.
Winner: Gavin McKay, Coleg Ceredigion, Agored Cymru
“Gavin’s natural intelligence and skill set allowed him to achieve excellent grades consistently demonstrating standards above level 3, which consequently resulted in all graded units achieving distinctions. He demonstrated excellent research skills, with a mature linguistic ability beyond the level required for this course, and demonstrated a natural aptitude towards health sciences.” Tutor
“An excellent student who writes with scientific insight and understanding, and achieves a very high standard of scholarship.” Judge