Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Prizes

For students on courses in 2018-2019

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, several 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.

Nominations should be sent to by 31st August 2019. Written covering statements of sufficient detail and evidence are required, which specifically support why the student has been nominated for the relevant prize. See details below

Prize for 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 enough commentary and detail about the range and type of work submitted by the student and their performance. Where possible this could include statements made by tutors in their feedback on the work.

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.

All work submitted should be anonymised – the filename should include the Provider name and/or student name for matching documents to nominations but submitted work must have all identifying marks removed, including logos, student, tutor, provider and AVA names, etc. All nominations and pieces of work are anonymised for the judging process and if there are logos and/or other identifying marks remaining on feedback sheets, assignment briefs, etc, these may be excluded from the information supplied to the judges. Word documents of original student work and tutor feedback can be submitted.

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, personal writing (poems, stories, other texts).

Prize for Outstanding Commitment to Study

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

Supporting Statement

The statement should be a detailed explanation of how the nominee meets the criteria above. It should give an indication of the types of barriers that the student overcame. It would also be helpful to identify any 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. For nominations in this category to be taken forward there must be a personal statement from the student themselves included with the nomination.

Submitting the nominations

  1. Nominations must be submitted to AIM Awards. Application directly from students will not be accepted
  2. Applications should be submitted to (password protected). Please use the subject line KF PRIZE NOMINATION for emails.
  3. Each nomination should be submitted on the correct form.
  4. 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.
  5. The closing date for AIM Awards to receive nominations is 31 August 2019.
  6. AIM Awards will review all entries and select two nominees to go forward to the national Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Prizes. Both AIM winners will receive a certificate and a £50 Amazon voucher.


  1. A representative from the AIM Awards Board of Trustees will carry out regional judging and select a winner from each category to forward for National judging in September 2019.
  2. The National Judging will take place via a virtual panel process between 10 December 2019 and 11 January 2020.
  3. Regional and national promotion of the prize winners can take place after the processing of the judges’ results.
  4. Winners will be announced and invitations to the presentation event sent in January 2020.
  5. The presentation will take place in Spring 2020.

 Publicity and Award of Prizes

As previously, LASER will liaise with Nic Dakin MP to see if the awards can, once again, be hosted at the Palace of Westminster.

Each participating AVA can use the winning nominee details as the basis for regional press releases and publicity, subject to consent from winners.

General Rules and Conditions