03 MAY 2019
The 2019 National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards were presented by Lord Watson of Invergowrie at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 2nd May. The event was kindly hosted by Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills.
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 80 higher education providers from across England and Wales are members of NEON and they teach over 70% of England’s undergraduate students.
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.
Director of NEON, Dr. Graeme Atherton, states:
‘With over 90 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.’
Please see below for the winners and commendations from the 2019 NEON Awards.
NEON Contribution to Widening Access Award
Gail Nicholls, University of Leeds – WINNER
Ian Freedman, Harper Adams University – Commendation
Lisa Jackson, University of Cumbria – Commendation
NEON Higher Education Institution of the Year Award
City, University of London – WINNER
The University of Nottingham – Commendation
University of Winchester – Commendation
NEON School or College Widening Access Award
Kings College, Guildford – WINNER
Energy Coast University Technical College – Commendation
Peacehaven Community School – Commendation
NEON Students of the Year Award
Alison Vitalis, University of East London – WINNER
Leanne Armitage, St George’s, University of London – Commendation
Rochelle Watson, Kingston University – Commendation
Salma Mahmoud and Hawwa Bham, Lancaster University – Commendation
NEON Widening Access Initiative (Outreach) Award
BrightMed, University of Sussex, Brighton & Sussex Medical School – WINNER
Medical Aspirations, University of East Anglia – Commendation
The Access Project – Commendation
NEON Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Progression) Award
Plus Programme, University of Leeds – WINNER
KU Cares, Kingston University – Commendation
The HELM Project, Blackpool and The Fylde College – Commendation
NEON Widening Access Partnership Award
Finding Our Futures, Kings College, Guildford and the University of Surrey – WINNER
Kent and Medway Progression Federation – Commendation
Reading Together, Queen’s University, Belfast – Commendation
The Service Children’s Progression Alliance, University of Winchester – Commendation
Only NEON members can submit a nomination for the NEON Awards.
- NEON has nearly 100 organisational members including nearly 60 higher education institutions HEIs – www.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 or go to: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/neon-events/neon-awards/neon-awards-2019/