Education Awards

Celebrating inspiration
& success.

6th July 2018, Birmingham

Nominations are now closed.

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Education Awards 2018

in association with our main sponsor

The Education Awards was first of its kind in the Midlands Region last year.

It’s a night to celebrate and reward the most outstanding contributors to the Education Sector.

A total of 16 awards are contended for.

For a chance to get recognised for all the hard work that goes into Education nominate now.

Education plays a vital role in supporting and growing the local community. These awards are a great way of recognising that contribution. The importance of good education is what transforms lives and local communities.

The Education Awards identifies and celebrates establishments, people and organisations that go above and beyond to promote excellence within our education System.

We are working hard with our sponsors to develop projects that will be placed directly back into education.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th of July 2018 to celebrate and reward our outstanding contributors to the Education Sector.

The Process

1. Nominate

Nominations have taken place and voting has now closed.

2. Judging

A panel of independent judges will then review the shortlist and agree on one winner for each individual category.

3. One great night

The winners for each category will be announced during the award ceremonies in July 2018.

Our 2018 Ambassadors

Suzanne Virdee

Suzanne Virdee


Suzanne Virdee is an award-winning TV News Presenter. She currently works as a presenter and reporter at ITV News in London. Prior to that, she worked as the main presenter on BBC Midlands Today. She wrote her first book, A Teenage Girl’s Guide To Being Fabulous, (which is out now on Amazon) shortly after leaving the BBC. The book is about empowering the next generation of young women, boosting confidence and gives advice on sexting, grooming and surviving those tricky teen years unscathed! It’s getting rave reviews from professionals and young girls alike.

She has also presented on BBC Breakfast in London before its move to Manchester. Suzanne began her journalism career in newspapers and reported for the Sunday Mercury and Birmingham Mail newspapers. Birmingham born and bred, Suzanne is also a popular host for prestigious events across the city. She is a blogger for the Times of India and Huffington Post UK.

Andy Street

Andy Street


A proud Brummie, Andy Street has combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with the local and national government.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, Andy rose through the ranks to become Managing Director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region.

Additionally, he has been a lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands. He is Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the City’s Symphony and Town Halls.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s Award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees, from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

Paul Cadman

Paul Cadman


Julian Beer

Julian Beer


Julian leads on the University’s Research, Enterprise and Business Engagement strategy, forging links between business and higher education.

He was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University with responsibility for Regional Enterprise and Professor of Knowledge Transfer.

Julian has extensive experience of the private sector, as well as transferring higher education knowledge into commercial or public policy outcomes.

As leader of its strategy on business and employer engagement, Julian strengthens Birmingham City University’s connection with the City and region. He leads on research, innovation and knowledge exchange development, together with expanding commercial activities.

Julian has significant experience of both higher education and the private sector, as well as successfully transferring research and learning from one to the other.

Paul Faulkner


Patrick Manohan

Patrick Monahan


John Loveday


Manjinder Sangha


Our 2018 Sponsors

Our 2017 Midlands Winners

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners.

See the 2017 Awards page for information on the category finalists, ambassadors, sponsors and speakers.

Download our finalists and winners.pdf

“Aston University”

Educational Supporter of the Year

“Lowell Williams – Dudley College”

Headteacher / Principal Dean of the Year

“Mark Rowe – Peterbrook School”

Teacher / Lecturer of the Year

“Chris Meah – School of Code”

Transforming Lives through Partnership

“Envision UK”

Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative

“Standing Ovation - Anthony Daulphin”

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

“Sally Alexander - Kimichi School”

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

“Learner Enhancement Team – Aston University
Debbie Shaw – Peterbrook school (Highly commended)”

Outstanding Support for Students

“Hockley Heath Academy”

Outstanding Primary School

“University of Birmingham”

Outstanding International School

“David Chapman - Aston University Engineering Academy”

Most Innovative Contribution to Business - Education Collaboration

“PJEA Dudley”

Entrepreneurial Education Establishment of the Year

“Open Study College”

Further Education College of the Year

“University of Birmingham”

University of the Year

“David Prescott - Cambridge Assessment”

Lifetime Achievement

“Creative Alliance”

Proactive Educational Provider of an Apprenticeship Programme

Nominations are now closed

Shortlisting has now begun for the award categories.

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Our 2018 Ambassadors