The 2020 National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards were presented online on Thursday 22nd October. The NEON Awards provide a platform to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of NEON’s members and their learners in widening access to higher education and enabling social mobility.
COVID-19 has had a huge impact upon widening access to higher education (HE). It has forced the widening access community to reflect upon how we engage with learners and develop new ways of delivery. Therefore, this year, it is more important than ever to not only celebrate the success of this work and the transformative power that higher education can have on the lives of learners, but to consider how we continue to push our work forward to ensure success learners are able to both enter, and succeed within, HE.
Director of NEON, Dr. Graeme Atherton, states:
‘With over 60 nominations, shortlisting was a difficult process and it has highlighted the outstanding work that is being carried out by both institutions and individuals across the UK.’
NEON was founded in 2012 as the professional organisation to support those involved in promoting social mobility through widening access to higher education. NEON brings together Higher Education Institutions, schools, colleges, the voluntary sector, professional bodies and employers. Over 90 higher education providers from across England and Wales are members of NEON and they teach over 70% of England’s undergraduate students.
Please see below for the winners and commendations from the 2020 NEON Awards.
NEON Widening Access Initiative (Outreach) Award
Books & Stories, Bournemouth University – Commendations
The Access Project – Commendations
York Students in Schools GCSE Tutoring Project, University of York – Commendations
Discovery Days, University of Nottingham – Winner
NEON Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Success) Award
GO Wales, Cardiff University – Commendations
Peer Support, The University of Manchester – Commendations
Transitions Team, Lancaster University – Commendations
We Care Team, University of Sunderland – Winner
Widening Access Partnership Award
Explore University, Staffordshire University – Commendations
Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp) – Commendations
The University of Nottingham and IntoUniversity – Winner
NEON Access School or College Award
Bodmin College, The William Clift Academy – Commendations
Castleford Academy – Commendations
Southmoor Academy – Winner
NEON Student of the Year Award
Christine Browne, King’s College London – Commendations
Margaret Ojerinde, University of Liverpool – Commendations
Declan McLoughlin, Queen Mary University of London – Winner
NEON Contribution to Widening Access Award
Enam Haque, The University of Manchester – Commendations
Peter Riley, Manchester Metropolitan University – Commendations
Ant Sutcliffe, Higher Horizons+ (Keele University) – Winner
NEON Higher Education Institution of the Year Award
University of Derby – Winner
Only NEON members can submit a nomination for the NEON Awards.
- NEON has almost 140 organisational members including nearly 90 higher education institutions HEIs – educationopportunities.co.uk – NEON is based at London Higher, the representative organisation for higher education institutions in London.
- For further information on the NEON Awards please contact Maria Anna Petrou at firstname.lastname@example.org