It is the first time the union, which represents managers and principals in further education colleges, has given its outstanding achievement award to a journalist.
It recognises the services of 51-year-old Ian to FE. He launched the FE Focus section of the TES in 1996, having joined the paper a decade earlier as a reporter.
Under his stewardship, FE Focus has become the leading independent source of news, features and analysis and Ian is now a familiar face on the conference circuit.
Peter Pendle, general secretary of the ACM, said: "Ian was chosen because he has provided such a good service to FE and been such a good advocate of the sector. The FE Focus campaigns on red tape and pay, particularly, have been really appreciated." The awarding committee had been unanimous in its choice.
At a ceremony held at the ACM conference in Manchester, Mr Pendle presented Mr Nash with a trophy made by the students of Bradford College.
Bob Doe, editor of The TES, said: "Ian's recognition is well-deserved. As a former FE student himself, he has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of colleges and lifelong education. But the ACM's recognition is also a great honour for the paper."
Jeff Robinson, deputy principal of Coleg Gwent, was given the award for outstanding service to the ACM, in recognition of his work as the union's Wales secretary.
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