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Access to HE

Awards and celebrations

Celebrating Success

We offer all AIM centres the opportunity to nominate their centres and learners for Awards.

AIM Access to Higher Education Virtual Learner Awards Celebration June 2023

We had an amazing response to our Awards Ceremony and received many incredible nominations. In total, 13 extraordinary individuals were recognised at the event and the winners awarded bursaries.

Outstanding Academic Achievement

Winner: Martyn Bell - Middlesbrough College
Highly Commended
Fatou Bintou LO LO - Ashton 6th Form College
Sarah Miller - Inspire Learning
Charley Openshaw - Market Rasen CLIP
Joanna Zelezna - New College Durham
Hussan Adam - Stockton Riverside College 

Outstanding Commitment to Study

Joint Winners: Declan Mackay - New College Durham and Emma MacNaught - Market Rasen CLIP
Highly Commended
Nicola Davies - Ashton 6th Form College
Abigail Hampshire - Open Study College
Mary Swales - Redcar and Cleveland College
Andrew Eastwood - Stockton Riverside College
Nicola Whitfield - South Tyneside College
Bosang Humphrey - Weston College Group

25 May 2023: 12th annual Brian May Access to HE Learner Awards

Held at Aston Villa FC to celebrate the success and achievements of learners on Access to HE programmes across England and Wales. In total, 10 extraordinary individuals were recognised at the event and the winners awarded bursaries.

Outstanding Commitment to Study

Matthew James Davis – South & City College Birmingham
Megan Lewis – Halesowen College
Danielle Hillifer – Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group
Jamie Lee Cross – Sandwell College
Archie Turner – Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Outstanding Academic Achievement

Ocean Riley – Heart of Worcestershire College
Teri Blewett – Heart of Worcestershire College
Tomas Grunt – Learndirect
Evelyn Cronin – Cheshire College South & West

Outstanding Online Learner (New for 2023)

Sophie O’Leary – Learndirect

The Keith Fletcher Prize

The Keith Fletcher Prize is a group of awards given to Access to HE learners for the incredible achievements to their studies and education.

The winners from the AIM Learner Awards Celebration will automatically be nominated for this national prize.

The Keith Fletcher Memorial Presentation was created in memory of Keith Fletcher, who was a committed member of the Access to HE industry and worked for several years for AVAs in the Southwest of England. In an effort to honour Keith Fletcher and his dedication to Access to HE, the Keith Fletcher Awards were created in which Access to HE students celebrated for their own dedication to their Access to HE course and their education. This tradition has now grown and is supported by all AVAs across England and Wales.

Nominate your learners here