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AoC Beacon Awards 2014-15 prospectus - NAMSS Award for Student Support

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  • 1. The Awards 10 The National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS) is a membership organisation established in 1987 with charitable status, representing managers working in, or with responsibility for, student services in post-16 education, training, community and adult education. NAMSS has over 320 college and 700 individual members representing a comprehensive range of providers in England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland. NAMSS works extensively with a range of government departments and stakeholder groups including the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the Department for Health, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the National Union of Students, UCAS, the Education & Training Foundation and the Student Loans Company. In all our engagements with national bodies we seek to represent the views of our members and to champion the cause of the learner Our mission is to provide support and professional development for managers of services who support learners in education and training and this mission is driven by a vision to be recognised and respected as an influential leading provider of support and professional development for managers of student services. Benefits for members include a website with a dedicated members section containing job descriptions, policies, procedures and summaries of government papers and policy decisions, a network of regions to facilitate a dialogue between member colleges about local and national issues, a JISC mail service which members can tap into the collective knowledge and experience of more than 700 managers and support staff working in the area of student services. NAMSS also holds an annual national conference with outstanding national speakers and a wide range of workshops in addition to one day conferences throughout the academic year on topics of major interest and concern to the sector. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy
  • 2. NAMSS Award for Student Support This award is open to all further education, sixth form and tertiary colleges which can demonstrate successful and innovative approaches in any aspect of student support. Colleges should be able to provide evidence of achievement of the general Beacon criteria particularly highlighting how support for students demonstrates: • Effective leadership and management at all levels of the college which support the delivery of student services • Delivery of a range of support aimed at improving the student experience and which have a demonstrable impact on students • The promotion of a Learner Engagement Strategy which supports a constructive and meaningful dialogue with students which has resulted in quality improvement • Innovative support provision that meets the range of social and personal needs of students • Meaningful engagement with students in the design of student services which leads to high levels of student satisfaction with the service • Effective partnership working with both internal and external partners that support the student The award will be made to the college which demonstrates the most successful service provision which meets the above criteria and clearly contributes to increased student retention and/or achievements and/ or improved progression to employment, further training or HE. Assessors will also take account of the range of the service provided and the context of the college. 10 Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy