Exeter College named top college for STEM nationwide

Exeter College has been named national STEM FE College of the Year and has received a prestigious award celebrating excellence in teaching in STEM.

Leading the way– nationally, in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics Exeter College, has received the Further Education College of the Year ENTHUSE Celebration Award from STEM Learning.

Held at The Royal Society in London, we were joined by dignitaries at the highly prestigious awards dinner to share our stories about the impact we are making on young people and adult’s STEM education.

Winners were announced in seven categories at the now long-standing event.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “As a college we have invested heavily in STEM over the last few years, by opening a dedicated £9m Centre for Maths & Science. We also have a new £3m extension to our Technology Centre, partly funded by from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Growth Deal funding, so that we can deliver programmes in advanced robotics, rapid prototyping and virtual welding.

“Our investments, have, when combined with great teachers, excellent students and outstanding employers resulted in Award Winning STEM provision.  I am therefore delighted that, following regional recognition, we have now been recognised as the top college in our Country for STEM.

“I would like to thank our staff, students, employers and partners for their passion, commitment and ambition that enabled us to win this national award.”

Supported by ENTHUSE - a partnership of Government, learned bodies, charitable trusts and employers – STEM Learning invests in teachers to encourage more people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers. It is part of its vision to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK

STEM Learning’s Chief Executive Yvonne Baker, said: “Many congratulations from everyone at STEM Learning for winning this award. By committing to teachers continuing professional development, schools are providing the best STEM education in the UK - passing on their enthusiasm and expertise to encourage young people to develop specialisms in these vitally important subjects.”

All those nominated had made it through the regional heats, explaining in their applications earlier this year, how they had used their professional training, resources and engagement with the wider related business and research community through STEM Learning to inspire their students. 

The national awards were held on Tuesday 26 June at The Royal Society in London.

Exeter College, rated Grade 1 Ofsted Outstanding, is an award-winning leader in the provision of STEM subjects. Learners are able to take advantage of excellent facilities and expert teaching.

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