We are thrilled to announce that Julia Anderson from Hertford Regional College has been named the winner of The Gateway Qualifications Access to HE Tutor of the Year Awards 2023!

Julia’s dedication and hard work in helping students achieve their academic goals is truly admirable.

Here are a few reasons why Julia was nominated by her students and is our deserved winner:

“Julia has our best interests at heart. She makes you feel valued and that you can get to University if you put in the work.”

“Julia arranged tutorials to support me and others; not just about our work, but in personal areas of our lives too.”

“Exceptional teaching in a way that is really engaging and enjoyable – they help me stay focused!”

“She goes above and beyond in helping everyone,  supporting me even when she has finished her teaching.”

“My confidence has massively improved because of Julia.”

Celebrating all tutors

The nominations we receive from students are always heartfelt. It’s wonderful to see the impact that dedicated tutors have on their students’ lives.

We’re honoured to celebrate and name the top 10 finalists because everyone deserves recognition for helping learners:

Top 10 (in alphabetical order according to first name):

  1. Ah-Yam Chan, Newham College
  2. Alexia Zinonos-Lee, Norfolk County Council
  3. Bethany Yeomans, South Essex College
  4. Doug Hunter, South Essex College
  5. Gemma Smith, Skills Training UK
  6. Julia Anderson, Hertford Regional College
  7. Nicholas Wilmott, Bridgewater, and Taunton College
  8. Pam Jones, Bridgewater and Taunton
  9. Rhys Hawkins, South Essex College
  10. Stephen McCandless, New City College

As part of the nomination form, students were asked to describe their tutor in 3 words. We have grouped all of the words together into a word cloud to show what Access to HE means to them: