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The HELOA Innovation and Best Practice Awards are designed to recognise some of the excellent work that is taking place everyday amongst our membership. The awards generate national recognition for the innovative liaison work of the entrant and their project, plus encourage HELOA members to share best practice and discuss such areas of work.
The 2012 Awards received eight entries from a range of institutions that generated pioneering and achievable projects that are currently being delivered around the country.
Three finalists were selected by our panel which was made up of the following members and partners;
In May 2006 Sheffield Hallam University was one of the first six universities to be awarded the Frank Buttle Trust (now Buttle UK) Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. Sheffield Hallam University is one of the largest universities in the UIK with a student population of around 50,000 and a strong tradition of social inclusion.
Project Aims and Objectives:
It is clear when speaking with Oxford undergraduates that often it is a single member of staff in their school or college that made ‘the difference’ and encouraged the student to apply, especially in the case of those applicants from non-traditional backgrounds or from schools with a limited history or tradition of sending students to the University.
In October 2010, Paul Teulon (then Head of Student Recruitment at Oxford; now Head of Admissions at KCL) suggested the initial concept for an award scheme which would recognise inspirational teachers from UK state schools and colleges and reward them for their support and encouragement of students. The scheme would complement Oxford’s extensive range of existing events for teachers (including a series of Regional Conferences across the UK, subject-specific teachers’ conferences, events for PGCE students and Teach First participants and events for teachers in colleges and departments) and our major online resource, the Teachers’ E-Guide.
Each institutional HELOA member was asked to vote. For those present at conference, the corporate member or proxy placed the vote. Institutions that were not represented at the Conference were asked to vote by e-mail. All those voting were asked to confer with their colleagues so that a majority vote was made on behalf of their institution.