We are delighted to announce that KMPF's Director, Dr Felicity Dunworth, received the 2018 Outstanding Contribution Award from the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON).
The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) is the professional organisation supporting those involved in widening access to higher education (HE). NEON aims to enable those working to widen access to HE at all levels and in all sectors to affect change in their own organisations and communities.
The NEON Awards provide a platform to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of members and learners in widening access to higher education and enabling social mobility. NEON commented that this year: "Shortlisting was a difficult process and it has highlighted the excellent work that is being carried out by both institutions and individuals across England and Scotland."
The award was presented by Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for HE, FE and Skills, at a ceremony at the House of Commons in May, where KMPF's External Projects Manager, Vanessa Chapman, accepted the award on Felicity's behalf.
The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Award recognised Felicity’s contribution, through our Federation, to widening access both locally and nationally, including her role as a co-founder of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers. NEON recognised our collective ethos in prioritising the needs of students as a first concern of our work and noted Felicity’s dedication to ensuring the best possible collaborative partnerships between universities, colleges, local authorities and schools.
On hearing the news, Felicity confirmed that her work was only made possible by the commitment to collaborative working that characterises the approach of all our partners across Kent and Medway. She paid tribute to the commitment and unwavering support of the KMPF Directorate and said that the award is a wonderful recognition of the work undertaken by the outreach teams in our partner universities, progression mentors in KMPF schools, as well as KMPF's support team.
You can find out more about the NEON Awards and see all the winners on the NEON website.