Employees from across the learning and skills sector were honoured in London last night in the sixth annual STAR Awards for further education.
Among the winners taking the stage were a vice-principal and a photo- journalism lecturer.
Kanwal Patter, vice-principal of Skills for Life and community cohesion at The Working Men's College - the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe - won the Leadership Award sponsored by the Network for Black Professionals.
Ms Patter said: "I felt privileged to be nominated for such a prestigious award. It's the BAFTA of further education. That was something I never thought I would achieve."
Paul Delmar, a photojournalism lecturer from Norton College, part of The Sheffield College, received the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For 30 years Mr Delmar has taught Britain's only news photography course, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
One of Mr Delmar's former students, Matthew Lloyd, has just been announced as TimesCanon Young Photographer of the Year. Mr Lloyd completed the one- year press photography and photojournalism course at Norton College in 2008. He is the sixth Norton College student to win the competition in the last seven years.
David Collins, chief executive of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, which runs the awards, said: "The STAR Awards are a celebration of the hard-working individuals who use their skills to improve provision across the sector.
"I am especially pleased that this year nominations came from all parts of our wide and diverse sector, including colleges, work-based and adult and community learning providers as well as offender institutions."
THE 11 AWARD WINNERS
- Teaching, Training and Learning Practitioner: Manjit Johal, team leader, Sandwell College Teaching
- Training and Learning Practitioner: Neil Maclean, teacher, JHP Training, Birmingham
- Response to Learners' Needs: Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (team), City College Norwich
- Workforce Development: Kevin Maddeys, union learning repNVQ assessor, First Group Bus Depot, Great Yarmouth
- Learning Support: Billy Courtney, specialist tutor, Newcastle College
- Innovation: Sarah Snowdon, manager of OLASS contract, The Isle of Wight College
- Skills for Life: Maggie Harnew, Skills for Life lecturer, Abingdon and Witney College
- Engaging Employers: Terence Anslow, contracts manager, Telford College of Arts and Technology
- Support Role: Gerrard Shaw, senior IT technician, Redbridge Institute of Adult Education
- Leadership: Kanwal Patter, vice-principal, Skills for Life and community cohesion, The Working Men's College
- Lifetime Achievement: Paul Delmar, lecturer, photojournalism, Norton College, part of The Sheffield College.