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3 students short-listed for the British Education Awards Posted on 23/01/2017 00:00:00 The inaugural British Education Awards will be held at Grand Connaught Rooms in London, on 30 January 2017. Students from across the UK are set to gather at a unique awards ceremony that will celebrate exemplary academic and extracurricular achievement. Candidates have been nominated in four categories:
  • GCSE or Scottish National
  • A-Level or Scottish Higher
  • Vocational qualifications
  • Degree Level

We are delighted that students from 3 FE Colleges were nominated from the Vocational Qualifications category.
  • Clare Magowan,   Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Jordan Dillon, Southern Regional College
  • Rachel McMichael, South Eastern Regional College

The overall winners were announced at an awards ceremony in London on 30 January.  

We are delighted that Clare Magowan from Belfast Met won the overall Vocational Qualification Award for NI.

List of Winners

Organisers have been delighted by the diversity and calibre of applicants, with nominees entered for studies ranging from STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to music and the arts and hospitality and catering.

Awards organiser, Amin Babor Chowdhury said: “Education has the power to change lives and in Britain there are so many ways to access it, if we choose to. This is reflected in our nominees, some of whom have overcome real adversity and personal hardship to gain their hard earned academic rewards.”

“All of our finalists have shown an exceptional level of commitment and focus to advance through learning and ensure they have the best opportunities in life. They are an example of what can be achieved, not just in terms of academic success, but as talented individuals and caring, responsible citizens. We are fortunate to have such remarkable people, as these BEA finalists are, to contribute to and help shape our society.”

“We are proud to have launched this first British Education Awards to honour these individuals – they are an inspiration to us all and we hope that as BEA Ambassadors their example will encourage others to seek growth through education and learning, and to be the best that they can be.”

Notes for Editors

1. The British Education Awards (BEA) have been established to promote excellence in British education and inspire the pursuit of learning.

2. The BEA winners are Ambassadors for British education and by highlighting these success stories, the BEA promotes the merits of a British education on both a national and international platform.

3. Follow British Education Awards on Twitter at @BEAawards or on Facebook at

4. For more information on the British Education Awards visit


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