Student of the Year

We’re hugely proud of our students. Richly diverse, they also have endless amounts of talent, enthusiasm and dedication. That’s why, each year, we look forward to celebrating their achievements at an Oscars-style ceremony – our Student of the Year Awards. It’s a fantastic occasion, when deserving students have a chance to be recognised as the stars they really are.

How do I nominate?

Staff can nominate a student from Monday 18 March via our online nomination form. Simply decide which category your nominee falls into and submit your nomination to Marketing by Friday 26 April to allow enough time for the judging panel to meet and make their decisions.

Contact us

For more information about nominating or any aspect of the Awards, contact Sarah Rickerby in the Marketing Office, Bispham Campus on:

T: 01253 504595
E: sarah.rickerby@blackpool.ac.uk

The Ceremony

Our 2019 Student of the Year Awards take place on Wednesday 12 June at Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Room. The ceremony itself is a wonderful, feel-good occasion, with everyone keen to join in the celebrations and recognise the extraordinary efforts of so many worthy nominees.

Who attends the event?

All of the shortlisted nominees, along with a guest of their choice and the tutors who nominated them, are invited to attend the ceremony. Other members of College staff, as well as employer representatives and local dignitaries, will also be there to enjoy the occasion and celebrate with the winners as they receive their awards.

What happens on the day?

The Student of the Year Awards is a glittering event where deserving students have their moment to shine. It’s very relaxed and although it’s a formal event, there are no airs and graces – we just want everyone to enjoy themselves. As such there is no formal dress code.

The following is a guide to what happens at the event:

  • Registration and welcome drink
  • Introduction from the Principal
  • Presentation of awards
  • Performing arts showcase
  • Closing speech
  • Afternoon tea

Car Parking

Parking is available at the following locations, however charges do apply. All sites have disabled spaces.

Pleasure Beach

  • North Entrance (Balmoral Road)
  • South Entrance (Ocean Boulevard)
  • East Car Park (Bond Street)
  • West Car Park (Ocean Boulevard)
  • Railway Station Car Park
  • South Beach Car Park

Dates to Note

  • Friday 26 April – Closing date for nominations. All nomination forms need to be forwarded to Marketing by this date. Marketing to forward nomination forms to Heads of Curriculum.
  • Week commencing Monday 29 April – Heads of Curriculum to hold panel meetings to select one student nomination for each category.
  • Monday 6 May – Heads of Curriculum to forward their final nominations to Sarah Rickerby, Events and Marketing Officer.
  • Thursday 16 May – The Executive and Student Governor panel meeting is held to select the overall winners.
  • Wednesday 12 June – Student of the Year Awards, 2-4pm, Paradise Room, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool.

Categories / Criteria

Who gets nominated and what are the criteria?

At B&FC we recognise that success takes many forms and our nominating categories reflect that:

  1. Curriculum Area Award - These will be young students (under 19 years) who attain Silver on their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and have excellent attendance and functional skills. A maximum of three students from each curriculum area will be awarded a Gold Award.

  2. Young Student of the Year Award - A panel from each curriculum area will decide on a finalist from the students nominated for their area in the Gold Award category.

  3. HE Student of the Year Award (over 19 years) / 4. Adult Student of the Year Award (over 19 years) - For these two categories, we’re looking for exceptional students who stand out from the crowd and give 100% to everything they do. A panel from each curriculum area will decide on a short-listed nominee from each category for their area.

  4. Please note that for nominations in all of the above categories you will be required to substantiate the nomination with factual information taken from the student’s records. You must include their attendance record and their academic achievements to date.

You will also be asked to supply the following information:

  • Extra curricular activities – work experience/volunteering/part-time work
  • Family circumstances (if applicable)
  • A personal statement from the nominator

The following award will also be presented and, relevant nominations should be completed on the downloadable nomination form and emailed to events@blackpool.ac.uk.

What are the prizes?

  • Curriculum Area Gold Award Winners - £25 Love to Shop voucher and a framed certificate
  • Young Student of the Year Overall Winner - Trophy, £150 and a framed certificate
  • HE Student of the Year / Adult Student of the Year - £25 Love to Shop voucher and a framed certificate
  • HE Student of the Year / Adult Student of the Year - Trophy, £150 and a framed certificate

Nomination

To nominate a student complete the nomination form Student Nomination and return via email to events@blackpool.ac.uk.

Contact us

For more information about nominating or any aspect of the Awards, contact Sarah Rickerby in the Marketing Office, Bispham Campus on:

T: 01253 504595
E: sarah.rickerby@blackpool.ac.uk