College of West Anglia student TV channel based in King’s Lynn wins top award

Staff and students at the College of West Anglia have picked up a top award for their internet TV channel.

They won the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Award for innovation at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards ceremony in Westminster.

John Hayes, minister for further education, skills and lifelong learning, presented the award to college principal David Pomfret and Springboard TV project leader Jayne Walpole at a ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London.

The college's project, called Springboard TV, has boosted the take-up and success rates of full-time media courses.

Mrs Walpole said: 'I am absolutely thrilled that we have won this national award. It is a fantastic tribute to the whole media team – staff and students.'

Since the college began the initiative, recruitment to its media, TV and film courses have doubled.

Springboard TV involved setting up an internet TV channel to provide a more hands-on teaching and learning environment and show students' work on the internet. The award comes with a prize of �5,000 towards further development for the college and this will be presented at an event in the college at the end of March.

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The aim of the AoC Beacon Awards programme, launched in 1994, is to highlight the breadth and quality of education in colleges throughout the UK. The AoC Charitable Trust administers the Beacon Awards programme. AoC, a not for profit organisation, was established by colleges themselves as a voice for further education.