Students from across the country will converge on Manchester this January to find out if they have won a prestigious education award.
Now in its third year, British Education Awards (BEA) celebrates the academic and extracurricular achievements of students in the UK.
Former Pembrokeshire College student, Mair Elliott, is one of seventy-six candidates from across the UK who have been shortlisted at BEA 2019, with the winners due to be announced at an official ceremony on 31st January, at Hilton Manchester Deansgate.
Mair was nominated for the award by the College due to her extensive work in raising the profile of the mental health issues suffered by young people. Since 2014 Mair has been a mental health and autism campaigner in Wales. This has given her the opportunity to play a lead role in two current affairs programmes and speak at numerous conferences as well as working with organisations and charities across Wales.
Awards will be presented to winners in five regions, including England (divided into two zones), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; and within four categories – GCSE or Scottish National 5, A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher, Vocational and Degree.
Special Achievement Awards will also be presented to specially selected students in recognition of the exceptional challenges they have overcome during the course of their studies.
Students are also judged on their extracurricular responsibilities, which may be anything from running an after school club and volunteering in the community, to dedication to sports and the arts.
This year organisers are thrilled by the diversity and calibre of the finalists, who have demonstrated excellence in subjects ranging from computer science and medicine to engineering, hairdressing and textiles.
British Education Awards is a unique event as the only national award to shine a spotlight on individual student attainment and has to date presented awards to 47 winners, with many more students shortlisted for their outstanding achievements.
At BEA 2019 organisers are delighted to have the support of Royal Air Force as sponsor of the Vocational category for a second year running, while industrial gas company Air Products also returns as A Level and Special Achievement sponsor. International education charity Al-Habeeb Foundation will return as sponsor of the Degree category.
Students attending the prestigious event at the iconic Beetham Tower in Manchester this January will enjoy a free three-course gala dinner and entertainment, and celebrate alongside education professionals, politicians and celebrities.
British Education Awards organiser, Amin Chowdhury said: “This year’s British Education Awards Finalists have shown an admirable level of focus and dedication to their studies, invariably balancing demanding timetables of external activities alongside their official curriculum to achieve incredible academic results.
“We are extremely proud to be able to honour them at the third British Education Awards and hope that, as BEA Ambassadors, their example will encourage others to make the most of the education and learning opportunities available here in Britain.”