College Innovation Recognised at National Awards

18 August 2015

Rotherham College has received a nomination for the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) Award for Innovation in Further Education.

Each year since 1994, the Association of Colleges (AoC) have held the prestigious AoC Beacon Awards to celebrate “the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges.” These awards are further education version of the Oscar’s.

The nomination has been received regarding the Rotherham College Accountancy Clinic which sits within the Business, Computing and Education department and is run by students who are studying different accounting qualifications at the College. The College has received the nomination because the Accountancy Clinic demonstrates a way that links the theory, practice and employers together in a way that hasn’t been seen before.

The Accountancy Clinic is a service available for local businesses within the South Yorkshire area to receive help with their accounts and bookkeeping. The service is a key source of work experience for the students as they encounter real-life scenarios with real-life employers.

The decision process involves a visit from the deciding panel at the AoC and the winners will be announced at the AoC Annual Conference on Tuesday 17 November.
Head of Business, Computing and Education, Ken Merry, said: “To be shortlisted for an AoC Beacon Award is a great achievement – it is further testament to the hard work, effort and determination that the delivery team show through their on-going commitment to the excellent concept of The Rotherham College Accountancy Clinic and the students who have benefited from the exposure to real life accountancy.  Without the team working on this project and the students being involved this would not be possible.  I am very proud to be short listed and hopeful that we can go one step further and win.”

The Accounting department has received a number of accolades throughout the last year including winning Public Sector College of the Year at the PQ Awards and being awarded AAT Centre of the Year.







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