Champions in Our Colleges

Celebrating support staff in further education

Champions in Our Colleges took place on Friday 9 February 2024. The aim of the day was to celebrate support staff working in further education and give recognition to the hard work and dedication they show every day.

Ways to get involved

  • Get active on social media, tag us in your photos on the day celebrating support staff using the hashtag #ChampionsInOurColleges
  • ‘Nominate a Champion’ – prize draw is open now, link below
  • Set up recruitment stalls in colleges
  • Email your principal to get them involved
  • Write to your local newspaper to let them know you’re celebrating support staff
  • Hold a coffee/cake morning for support staff
  • Hand out leaflets and print posters to put up in your colleges
  • Running a stall at a college, e.g. booking a food van to give out hot food/drinks
  • Organising a social media takeover
  • Organising a free prize draw

Nominate a Champion (prize draw)

Thank you to everyone who took part in Nominate a Champion. The 2024 winning Champions are:

  • Cymru/Wales – Hannah Devine, Aln coach
  • East Midlands – Hennie Swan, Wellbeing Mentor
  • Eastern – Zena Titchen, Operations Supervisor
  • Greater London – Maria Michael, Student support
  • North West – Rute Pemberton, SEND support practitioner
  • Northern – Stephen Ashmore, Exams Coordinator
  • Northern Ireland – Patrick McHugh, Media and Art and Design Technician
  • Scotland – Sharon Lambert, Receptionist
  • South East – Sue Griffith, Lead learning advisor
  • South West – Andrew Clarke, Estates
  • West Midlands Edmund Haworth, IT Services Lead Engineer
  • Yorkshire & Humberside – Jay Solomon, Security Guard


Check out the resources below to help you celebrate the day.

Activist interviews

Find out more about two Activists Maxine Young, Tyne Coast College and Gavin Cartwright, South and City College Birmingham – who tell us more about their roles and why support staff are so vital in the education sector.