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College library is presented with prestigious National Award

Beacon Award
Beacon Award

The Principal and Head Librarian at Northampton College have been presented with the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for the Effective Integration of Libraries/Learning Resources Centres in Curriculum Delivery.

The award, sponsored by CoLRiC, was presented by John Hayes MP, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning at a special presentation ceremony in Westminster on Wednesday, 8 February.

Len Closs, Principal, Northampton College said, "Our library was announced as winning this prestigious national award towards the end of last year and we are delighted to have been presented with our Beacon. This award is testament to the excellent commitment and dedication of our library and lecturing staff and we will continue to work hard to ensure our library resources enable students to excel in their personal development and studies."

Research suggested that information and study skills, while essential to every student's success, were underdeveloped. Believing in the central importance of ensuring that the Library is embedded at the heart of the student's experience, Northampton College determined to address this issue.

The Library team designed and delivered Information and Study Skills sessions in a highly effective collaboration with curriculum colleagues to help students devise research plans, access information from a variety of sources and produce correctly-referenced material for assignments.

Over 4,000 students took part and feedback was excellent, with 97% claiming that the sessions helped them enormously with their ability to produce high quality evidence of their understanding and knowledge. Importantly, some module grades were seen to rise by 10%.

The College ensured that designs for its new building included a state- of-the art library, created as a fulcrum to the physical structure and symbolising the central importance of research skills within the learning experience.

The Library team has taken its concept around peer organisations within FE and HE and is working to refine its service through further professional development to maximise the impact of the fantastic new library on the learning experience and future success of its students.

Roger Marriott, AoC Beacon Awards Chief Assessor, said, "I am consistently impressed by the excellent quality of the work that colleges are producing; their efforts provide exemplary support for learning to a wide range of students across the UK. The sector's commitment to addressing the needs of students and the high standards of work displayed by colleges during our assessment visits was outstanding. Through this award programme the AoC is highlighting best practice, innovative development and continuous improvement; it is a showcase for Beacon colleges that others can look to for help, inspiration and encouragement."

A further celebration of the College's achievement is planned to take place at Booth Lane in April 2012.

To view the library website please see:

Library Website