Keith Fletcher Memorial – Access to He Prizes for Students

Friday 29 September 2017



Keith Fletcher worked for many years in the South West of England within its successive AVAs and was a great supporter and enthusiast of Access to HE. In memory of Keith’s commitment to Access, a number of AVAs agreed to award prizes for Access students drawn from across the regions for 2010-11 and after a successful presentation event in London; it was decided to develop this as an annual presentation. The prize is now supported by all AVAs across England and Wales. 

Participating AVA regions are invited to nominate Access students on courses in the current academic year (ie 2016-17) for the two prize categories as outlined below. Information about the winners and runners up will form part of our collective activities to promote the Access to HE Diploma both regionally and nationally.

The prize categories are: 

(a) Outstanding Academic Achievement:

Students proposed in this category should have excelled in their academic study by producing assessed work of a consistently outstanding quality whilst on their Access courses.

Supporting Statement

For ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ the statement should contain sufficient commentary and detail about the range and type of work submitted by the student and her/his performance. Where possible this could include statements made by tutors in their feedback on the work. An overall summary of the student’s performance and achievement as well as a Personal Statement from the student themselves.

Supporting evidence

For ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ it is expected that close reference is made to one or more (up to a maximum of three) pieces of assessed work in the supporting statement and that a copy of that work be submitted in an electronic format. Scanned copies of hand written work or of word processed work with handwritten tutor comments are required. No paper copies will be accepted. Word documents of original student work and tutor feedback can be submitted, however please note that as all nominations and pieces of work are anonymized for the judging process if there are logos and/or other identifying marks included on feedback sheets, assignment briefs, etc, these may be excluded from the information supplied to the judges.

Examples of work submitted as evidence might include copies of:

  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Research
  • Reports
  • Artefacts produced by the student as recorded in photographs, video clips etc
  • Recordings of student performance (musical, stage, presentations, debates etc)
  • Personal writing (poems, stories, other texts)

(b)  Outstanding Commitment to Study:

Students in this category should have shown evidence of some or all of the following:

  • outstanding commitment to their Access studies, perhaps in the face of difficult and challenging personal circumstances,
  • having made an inspirational journey which demonstrates the life transforming power of learning,
  • individual achievement beyond standard expectations,
  • clear evidence of extra effort above and beyond that which would normally be required of a student.

Supporting Statement

The statement should be a detailed explanation of how the nominee meets the criteria in above. It should give an indication of the types of barriers that the student overcame. It would also be helpful to identify any particular skills that the student displayed in pursuing his/her studies. Whilst the privacy of the student should be respected, it will help the panel of judges to assess the nomination, if some detail regarding the challenges facing the student and the way in which they met these challenges, is provided.

Nominations must only be submitted to Certa. Each nomination should be submitted on the correct form as accompanies this Bulletin.

Please ensure that all supporting documents are in a standard readable format using Word, PDF, JPEG or other standard format which could be opened on PC or Mac.

The closing date for Certa to receive the nominations is Monday 13 November at the latest.

Judging will take place via a virtual panel process between 11 December 2017 and 11 January 2018.

Regional and national promotion of the prize winners can take place after the processing of the judges results.

Winners will be announced and invitations to the presentation event sent w/c 15 January 2018.

Prize presentation will be spring 2018 – date to be confirmed

Keith Fletcher Award Nomination Form