Brookes student shortlisted for national college award

Monday, 30 October 2017

Brookes student Kirsty Newman

An aspiring teacher studying at Oxford Brookes University has been shortlisted for Young Student of the Year in the upcoming Association of Colleges (AoC) Annual Conference.

Kirsty Newman was nominated by Abingdon and Witney College, where she studied for a two-year CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care before joining Oxford Brookes this September to study primary education.

The awards ‘highlight exceptional achievement and celebrates successes’ of college students from across the UK, with other categories including Adult Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

Kirsty said: “I’m very pleased to have received this nomination, it recognises all the hard work I put into studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Early Years, and having to balance learning with all the other things that were happening in my life. I’m really looking forward to going to the Association of Colleges conference in Birmingham in November and if I’m selected on to the House of Commons in June.”

It’s been a fantastic experience and set me up well for the degree in primary education that I am studying at Oxford Brookes University.

Student, Kirsty Newman

“I’m very pleased that I chose college over Sixth Form. It’s been a fantastic experience and set me up well for the degree in primary education that I am studying at Oxford Brookes University. For one thing, I have done far more work experience, which is important in teaching, than my peers who stayed at school.”

Di Batchelor, Principal at Abingdon and Witney College said: “Kirsty has done fantastically well in receiving this nomination and we’re all very proud of her. She has already won a Student of the Year award here at the College, thanks to her amazing achievements on the Early Years course, and has continued her studies in the rewarding sector of Education.”

This year’s awards saw 115 nominations across the three categories. The judging panel, including representatives from the National Union of Students and Step up to Serve, were overwhelmed by the variety of applications and the extent of the success of the students.

The winner will be announced at the AoC Annual Conference dinner on 14 November. For more information about the AoC visit their website.

Oxford Brookes University partners with Abingdon and Witney College as part of its successful Associate College Partnerships which have been running for over 12 years. The University partners with seven Further Education colleges across the region to offer alternative ways to gain qualifications, delivering Foundation Degrees and Honours-top up programmes.