FE Awards 2014.
A total of 13 prizes were handed out at the event, celebrating the innovation and achievements of this year's outstanding colleges, training providers and individuals.
The flagship FE Provider of the Year Award went to Walsall College in the West Midlands, which last year became the first FE college in England to be graded outstanding by schools inspectorate Ofsted under its new framework.
After a remarkable transformation, Walsall had become a "fantastic" college that epitomised the strengths of FE, the judges agreed.
Principal Jat Sharma said the college was "absolutely thrilled" to claim the gong. "Our journey to Ofsted `outstanding' has involved the support, hard work and commitment of our students, staff, governors and local partners," he said.
"Every aspect of college life is truly focused on ensuring that students enter employment or higher levels of education, and we remain committed to them, together with adding prosperity to our local businesses and communities.
"We are deeply proud for Walsall and wish to convey our thanks to everyone who has helped us on our journey so far."
Ros Morpeth, chief executive of the National Extension College (NEC), was named FE leader of the year for her "tenacity and inspirational leadership".
Eight years after retiring from the pioneering distance learning institution, Ms Morpeth returned to save it after it went into administration. She was hailed as a "miracle worker" by the judges.
"I just feel total disbelief," Ms Morpeth said. "I was just pleased to be nominated. I'm still pinching myself. On Monday, I called all the staff together and showed them my award. It's really only because of all their hard work and the sacrifices they've made that there is still an NEC here to lead at all."
Jayne Walker, director of student support at East Kent College, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution to FE over the past four decades. The judges described her as an "unsung hero".
TES editor Ann Mroz said the award winners were "a roll call of the most imaginative, innovative and inspiring professionals and institutions to be found in this impressive sector".
For more information, see www.tesfeawards.co.uk
Just deserts: the winners in full
FE provider of the year Walsall College, West Midlands
Most innovative teacher of the year Richard Reid, Forth Valley College, Scotland
FE leader of the year Ros Morpeth, National Extension College
Teaching and learning initiative Pembrokeshire College, Wales
Employer engagement Bridgwater College, Somerset
Outstanding use of technology in FE Hull College, Yorkshire
Support for students Barking and Dagenham College, London
University HE access widening participation Edinburgh College, Scotland
Marketingcommunications campaign of the year Blackburn College, Lancashire
Contribution to the local community Bournville College, Birmingham, West Midlands
Initiative for lifelong learning widening participation Adult, Family and Community Learning, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Sporting initiative Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
Lifetime achievement Jayne Walker, East Kent College