Chichester College Group awarded Beacon Standard

Written by Eleanor on 3rd October 2019

The Chichester College Group (CCG) has been recognised as a Beacon Award commended college by the Association of Colleges (AoC).

The group is among only eight institutions to have reached AoC Beacon Standard under the British Council International Award category for 2019/20.

The AoC Beacon Awards identify the best and most innovative activities in colleges across the UK. Recipients of the awards are commended for their practice in each of the award categories, having demonstrated high levels of innovation, impact and sustainability.

Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director (Commercial) for CCG, said: “This is an amazing achievement for our international department.

“We are delighted to welcome around 1,000 students from more than 60 different countries each year, offering them fantastic opportunities to study alongside our local students.

“We work hard to ensure our students have a positive experience at our colleges and develop their skills in a safe and inclusive environment that challenges them to achieve high standards.

“So we are very proud to have been commended in this category and it is a great credit to our staff, who support the students and give them a sense of belonging, even though home may be on the other side of the world.”

Sarah Watson, Director of International at CCG, added: “We have become increasingly innovative, as we strive to meet changing global needs.

“One example is the development of our Transnational Programmes, delivering specialist vocational training in other countries and introducing blended learning which utilises technology and digital delivery alongside conventional classroom attendance.

“This can be seen in our pioneering new Chinese Culinary Arts programme, which was launched at Crawley College in 2018 and was showcased at Downing Street earlier this year.

“We are proud to have developed a global network based on excellence, innovation and friendship and we feel this has been recognised by our commendation in the British Council International Award.”