At a special lunch in central London on 12 December 2005, Phil Hope MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills, presented the prestigious Learning and Skills Beacon award to City and Islington College.
Jack Morris, the College's Chair of Governors, together with Vice Chair, Kate O'Rourke, College principal, Frank McLoughlin, Deputy Principal, Mary Rimington, the College's student union president, Huseyin Acar, and former student Fahima Nessa, now reading psychology at UCL, went along to receive the award.
Beacon status is awarded jointly by the Department for Education and Skills and the Learning and Skills Council for excellence in post-16 education and training. It's given to colleges and schools in recognition of high quality teaching and learning.
Beacon colleges and schools receive support to enable them share their good practice and to promote innovation for the benefit of the wider learning and skills community.
The award confirms our position as one of England’s leading further education colleges.
“Learning and Skills Beacon status is awarded to those organisations that are exemplars in their field. The award enables them to work with the Department for Education and Skills, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and from April 2006, the new Quality Improvement Agency, to share their outstanding practice and help accelerate the pace of quality improvement, to benefit the whole post-16 sector. I would like to congratulate them on their well deserved success and I very much look forward to working with them in the future”.
Bill Rammel MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning.
For more information
Visit the DfES Beacon Award information page [external site]