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Architecture and design tutors at a West Midlands college have been recognised with a new industry award for helping FE students kickstart their careers.


Coventry College’s Interior and Architecture Design course tutors David Craddock, Emma Townsend and Holly Wagstaff have been awarded the Sixth Form & FE prize at the inaugural Architecture into Education Awards.

The awards, run by the Thornton Education Trust, have been launched to celebrate the link between education professionals and the architecture industry, and emphasise inclusivity and diversity, climate change and wellbeing in the profession.

David said the course prides itself on being a creative and inclusive learning programme, with more than 80 per cent of students achieving triple merit grades or above.

He said: “We are thrilled to win this award as I feel between us we have created a stimulating and supportive learning environment for our students, who in recent years have gone on to be really successful in their early careers.

“Our focus is always on delivering the best outcomes for learners, and it’s really encouraging to see the diversity of students that we have on our course, both male and female, and the incredible quality of work they produce.

“We have made a few changes to the course over the last few years, including the introduction of interiors which was partly in response to listening to students and meeting their needs. We have also recently invested in a range of new state of the art equipment, so to see those efforts recognised is extremely rewarding.”

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