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Overview

The BEST Awards (Business and Education through Skills and Training) is a competition run annually by Colleges NI. Now in it's 7th year, the BEST Awards were created to recognise the excellence and diversity of STEM project based learning in our further education (FE) colleges and to provide an annual showcase and competition for students to present their project work.

 The BEST Awards is more than a competition - it is intended to be part of the development process for students preparing for their careers and in this respect, the opportunities to further develop their skills in planning, problem solving, innovative thinking, communication and presentation are key outcomes of the experience.

The five categories for entries to this year's Awards are as follows:
  • Creative Industries
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Built Environment
  • Software


Venue / Programme

The top 10 entrants per college will be exhibiting at this year's BEST Awards event.  This will take place Tuesday 23 May 2017 in the Grand Ballroom,
Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co. Down,  BT33 0AH.   For directions to the hotel click: Here

The agenda for the day is as follows:
  • 10.00 Judging of projects at Exhibition Stands / Opportunity for public to view the exhibitions
  • 12.30  Networking lunch
  • 14.00 Judging continues
  • 14.30 Awards ceremony 
  • 15.30 Close






Colleges NI have a preferential overnight rates with the hotel. Bed and Breakfast for Monday 22nd May 2017:
  • £ 60.00 per person Sharing in a Classic Twin Bedroom – Bed and Breakfast
  • £100.0 per person – Single Accommodation – Bed and Breakfast.

The above accommodation prices include full use of the Spa Active Floor and Vat also at the prevailing rate. 
Please call hotel on T: +44 (0) 28 4372 1066 / Slieve Donard Hotel Website



Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, County Down