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Posted on 01 February 2018


Students from across the UK have been honoured at a unique awards ceremony in Manchester.

The British Education Awards recognises the outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements of students – and is the only event in the UK that celebrates individual success on a national platform.

Sixty-seven finalists gathered at the iconic Beetham Tower at Hilton Manchester Deansgate, this January, to hear the winners of British Education Awards 2018 announced.

The red carpet gala occasion saw twenty winners in four categories presented with a trophy in front of a packed audience. The categories include GCSE or Scottish National 5, A Level or Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher, Vocational and Degree.

Four nominees also received awards for Special Achievement. These awards acknowledge those students that have overcome exceptional challenges during the course of their education, making their achievements even more remarkable.

This year’s talent were top of their class in an array of subjects and displayed a phenomenal commitment to activities outside of their formal academic timetable.

Among the winners are students pursuing careers in medicine, nursing, farming and sports as well as teachers, designers, scientists and engineers.

These dedicated scholars are also gifted in the arts and sports regularly performing in choirs, orchestras and dance troupes and representing their country in international competition. This is matched by the enthusiasm they have shown at grassroots level mentoring and supporting others. The students have undertaken gruelling expeditions overseas and volunteered their services to both local and remote communities, and they have raised thousands of pounds for charity highlighting a host of causes.

The ambition and accomplishments of Finalists at British Education Awards 2018 is boundless making them perfect ambassadors for British education.

The Manchester event was attended by teachers, principals and top university professors from across the country. Professor Helen Laville Pro Vice Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University presented an award in the Degree category. Speaking about the Awards in a television interview after the ceremony, she said: “GCSE education, A Level, degree and vocational education – tonight we get to bring them all together and celebrate all the different ways our students are successful and all the
different routes they take to success – and it’s wonderful to see the pride and thrill that they get from seeing their hard work acknowledged in this way.”

Organisers at British Education Awards were also delighted to gain the backing of UK and global organisations – welcoming Royal Air Force as sponsor of the Vocational category, international industrial gas company Air Products as sponsor of the A Level category, international education charity Al-Habeeb Foundation as sponsor of the Degree category, and Greater Manchester law firm Taylor Price Solicitors as sponsor of the GCSE category.

Lynn Willacy, Community and STEM Ambassador UK & Northern Ireland at Air Products, commented: “Air Products is very proud to support the British Education Awards which recognises educational excellence and celebrates student success. It was a pleasure to present the ‘A Level’ Award and to be part of the ceremony. There was much excitement in the room during the event and it was great to see the students celebrating with their family and friends. The level of attainment achieved by the students
was outstanding, they really are exceptional people and we wish them every success for the future.”

RAF Warrant Officer Lenny Brayshaw, who presented the Award in the Wales Vocational category, said: “It was an exceptional evening showcasing the talent of the youth of today from the UK. Well done for a job very well done.”

British Education Awards is now in its second year after a successful 2017 London launch. Organisers were impressed by the quality and diversity of applicants with nominees entered in subjects ranging from bricklaying, business and languages, to fashion, psychology and law leaving judges with the difficult task of choosing the winners.

Around 400 guests gathered for the celebration and enjoyed a three-course dinner and entertainment. The BEA Finalists, their families and teachers travelled from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to attend the awards which were hosted by BBC Radio Manchester presenter Kevin Fitzpatrick and Chester University’s Professor Basma Ellahi at Hilton Manchester Deansgate on 31 January, 2018.


Students from across the UK gathered in London on Monday night at a unique awards ceremony held to honour their individual academic and extracurricular achievements in a celebration of British education.

The inaugural British Education Awards (BEA) took place at Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, on January 30th, and was hosted by BBC news presenter Sophie Long.

The BEA Finalists, their families, teachers and supporters travelled from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to attend the special occasion.

The prestigious event was supported by MPs including Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP, Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee Neil Carmichael MP and former Secretary of State for Wales The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP – with Eastenders’ Nitin Ganatra bringing some showbiz sparkle to proceedings.

Sixty-four nominees were shortlisted for awards in four categories: GCSE or Scottish National, A-Level or Scottish Higher, Vocational and Degree; and in five regions of Britain including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – with the more highly populated England divided into two zones.

Twenty-three winners were announced at the ceremony and prizes were handed to students across the full spectrum of education in subjects ranging from engineering and technology to music and the arts, agriculture, healthcare and cookery. Winners had also demonstrated an exemplary level of commitment to their studies, or another activity, beyond their mandatory learning requirements.

Awards for Special Achievement were also presented to three candidates that the BEA awarding panel adjudged to have overcome exceptionally difficult circumstances to progress in their studies and achieve success.

All 67 British Education Award Finalists received a framed certificate on stage before the category winner was announced. Four British Education Award medals were also presented to the national winners in each category.

Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner – provided by venue hosts De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms – and entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent star musician Henry Gallagher, comedian Mani Liaqat and violinist Jessica Crabtree.

British Education Awards organiser Amin Chowdhury was delighted with the event, which he says he hopes will inspire others in their pursuit of education. “It is satisfying to see so many people from such diverse backgrounds attending this event, we are overwhelmed by the response from our BEA Finalists, their families and the schools, colleges and universities represented here tonight. British Education Awards 2017 has been a huge triumph and we wish our first BEA Finalists and Winners every success in their future studies and career paths.”

Speaking to London based television station Channel S, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP said: “It’s fantastic to be at the British Education Awards because it’s really important that not only do we celebrate the success of education establishments but we’ve got to remember that it’s the individual students that make the establishments successful. And we’ve got many different students from different backgrounds that have done fantastic work.”

Education Select Committee Chair Neil Carmichael MP commented: “This has been a great evening. I think this is something which will continue for years to come because it’s really highlighting the achievements of a lot of people across the whole country and that’s absolutely fantastic.”

Notes for Editors

1. The British Education Awards (BEA) have been established to promote excellence in British education and inspire the pursuit of learning. The BEA winners are Ambassadors for British education and by highlighting these success stories, the BEA promotes the merits of a British education on both a national and international platform.
2. For more information on the British Education Awards visit Follow British Education Awards on Twitter at @BEAawards or on Facebook at
3. The closing date for nominations for British Education Awards 2018 is October 31st, 2017. All candidates must have fully completed their level of learning by this 2017 deadline and have received their results for the education year 2016-2017 in one of the following categories: GCSE/Nationals, A-Levels/Highers, Degree and to Level 3 (equivalent to A-Level or Scottish Higher) in BTEC or other relevant Vocational qualifications.

Posted in 2017.

Students prepare to celebrate at British Education Awards

Students from across Britain are set to gather at a unique awards ceremony that will celebrate British education.
The event will be the first of its kind and honours students from across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland for exemplary academic and extracurricular achievement.
The inaugural British Education Awards will be held at Grand Connaught Rooms in London, on January 30th. Nominees are travelling from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England to attend the special occasion, which will honour them individually for their hard work and success.
Candidates have been nominated in four categories: GCSE or Scottish National, A-Level or Scottish Higher, Vocational and Degree – with the winners in each category and region to be announced at the ceremony. Awards for Special Achievement will also be presented on the night.
Organisers have been delighted by the diversity and calibre of applicants, with nominees entered for studies ranging from STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to music and the arts and hospitality and catering.
Talented sportsmen and women feature on the final shortlist of 67 candidates, along with those dedicated to the uniformed services, health care and agriculture. Scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs and philanthropists are also included in an extraordinary list of talent, with candidates born in the UK and abroad, and of all ages and physical ability – showing that British education is open, inclusive and accessible to everyone.
At the prestigious occasion students and their families, teachers, politicians, professionals and celebrities will celebrate the success of the British Education Award finalists.
Awards organiser, Amin Babor Chowdhury said: “Education has the power to change lives and in Britain there are so many ways to access it, if we choose to. This is reflected in our nominees, some of whom have overcome real adversity and personal hardship to gain their hard earned academic rewards.”
“All of our finalists have shown an exceptional level of commitment and focus to advance through learning and ensure they have the best opportunities in life. They are an example of what can be achieved, not just in terms of academic success, but as talented individuals and caring, responsible citizens. We are fortunate to have such remarkable people, as these BEA finalists are, to contribute to and help shape our society.”

“We are proud to have launched this first British Education Awards to honour these individuals – they are an inspiration to us all and we hope that as BEA Ambassadors their example will encourage others to seek growth through education and learning, and to be the best that they can be.”

Notes for Editor

1. The British Education Awards (BEA) have been established to promote excellence in British education and inspire the pursuit of learning.
2. The BEA winners are Ambassadors for British education and by highlighting these success stories, the BEA promotes the merits of a British education on both a national and international platform.
3. Follow British Education Awards on Twitter at @BEAawards or on Facebook at

Posted in 2017.