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Grimsby Institute awarded EdTech Demonstrator College status

We are delighted to announce that the Grimsby Institute has been awarded the status of EdTech Demonstrator College by the Department for Education.

Inclusion within this prestigious programme further recognises the Institute, which forms part of the TEC Partnership, as one of the country’s leading colleges in its use of technology to support teaching and learning.

As part of the initiative, the Institute will share its transformative use of technology to support other providers through advice, guidance and training. Sharing its tried and tested digital methods with others will help to empower learners, reduce teacher workload, create efficiencies and improve accessibility across the sector.

An Ofsted Outstanding provider, the Institute has also been awarded Microsoft Showcase College status as well as the Canvas Inspiration and Innovation Award. These accolades recognise how staff use technological advancements to empower their learners, including virtual subject-specialist guest speakers, paper-free courses and reduced barriers to learning.

Deborah Millar, Executive Group Director of Digital Learning Technology, said: “I am thrilled to hear that Grimsby Institute has been recognised for its digital excellence and chosen to be a Demonstrator College for the Department for Education.

“The next few months are going to be a transformative period for the many. We hope that the lessons we have learned over the past few years can be shared to help ease the digital journey for others as well as provide methods of creating more engaging, accessible teaching and learning experiences. Ultimately, we want to be part of a partnership that demonstrates what digital learning could, and should feel like.”

The Institute has also been recognised for the way in it has conducted remote teaching and learning during the lockdown, following a virtual visit by Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills.

Mrs Keegan commented: “From chatting with staff and dropping into a range of online lessons, you can clearly see that innovation and enthusiasm have kept the show on the road for their learners, bringing some much needed structure and sense of community during what is a difficult time.

“As someone who has worked in the tech sector, I know it is a great leveller which creates huge opportunities for young people. Everyone at Grimsby Institute is doing a great job at adapting to this new way of studying, and the technical skills students will have gained during this period will serve them so well as they move forward and look for jobs.”

Grimsby Institute wins two national Beacon Awards

Grimsby Institute is celebrating after winning two prestigious Beacon Awards.

The Association of Colleges (Aoc) awards, which were held virtually, celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK colleges each year.

The Institute received the Edge Award for excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning for its ESTV media curriculum delivery model, which gives students the opportunity to work in real-life filming and editing roles within a commercial production company.

It also won the British Council International Award for the Arts faculty’s Erasmus+ programme, which has facilitated three-week exchanges for students and staff with colleges in France, Germany, Malta and Finland.

Emma Forrest-Leigh, Associate Principal for Digital and Creative Industries, entered both submissions.

“I’m so proud of our amazing teams. All the hard work, the belief in new ideas, the courage and support; everyone is a winner.

“On a personal note, international is something that runs through my veins so I am beyond happy that we won this award. It means a great deal. While it may be ironic during lockdown, I feel that the value of travel and experiencing other cultures is vital for personal growth and this work has enabled so many people to experience that too.”

Emma is now looking forward to a virtual celebration of the Arts faculty’s students’ work next Friday, June 12th, as part of an end-of-year exhibition to be broadcast via Facebook Live from 6pm.

The Institute was also shortlisted for the RCU Support for Students Award, submitted by Tamarra Taylor, Executive Director of Learner Services.

She said: “I am immensely proud of the team that I have the pleasure of working with. They live and breathe student support and I know that so many of our learners have their lives enriched as a result of the wraparound support they provide.”

Principal Debra Gray also commented: “The staff at GIFHE are some of the best in the country and they go over and above every day for our students. I could not be prouder of everything they have achieved.”

Julie Nerney, Chair of AoC Charitable Trust, said: “These awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community, and why people value them.

“This college is inspirational in the way the teaching delivered is accessible and students get to experience education in a relatable way. Having a curriculum that students can identify with is hugely important for developing skills that will be used long after they have leave college – a strong foundation for the next stages of their life.”