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DN Colleges Group Nominated for Top Education Award

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Now in their seventh year WUSCA offer prospective students an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional university ranking systems. The awards are based on averages taken from tens of thousands of reviews submitted by students and published on

DN Colleges Group, which comprises of North Lindsey College, Doncaster College and University Centre and the UCNL in Scunthorpe, has now made it into the shortlisted categories for HE in FE Colleges for three years in a row, winning last year and runner-up the year before, evidencing the excellent experience their higher education students receive.

Debbie Jensen (Head of Academic Programmes, UCNL) said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted again after winning the award last year. This award is particularly important to us because it is our students who have taken the time to go online and provide the excellent reviews we have received. Knowing that the students value their time with us and appreciate the support provided, means the world to our staff.’

Winners of the awards will be chosen on the night which was due to be hosted by award-winning and BAFTA nominated presenter Claudia Winkleman. The celebration has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak across the UK, but the award winners will be announced as planned.

UCNL Sport and Exercise student Leigh Sharpe said: “It’s quite a big thing, it puts our name on the map. When you study here the lecturers are always available to help you, I would encourage people to come here 100%.”

Steve Johnstone, Director of UCNL adds: “What this demonstrates is that there is a consistent level of support provided to our students. It’s important to us that we create measured growth, but that alongside that we maintain student satisfaction and a great student experience.” To read all the student reviews, visit:

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Caring Student Hands over Donations to Frontline Workers

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Body Shop Consultant, Emma Devai (28) has already gifted 40 Body Shop hand creams as a donation to ward 22 at Scunthorpe General Hospital and is on track to donate 50 more to other local key workers. The idea came about after Emma has experienced the need for quality hand care when she worked in a caring profession.  

Currently studying at North Lindsey College, Emma is due to start at the University Campus North Lincolnshire in September to study FdA Counselling. Emma is already displaying her caring qualities from combining her part time job to help those in need.   

Emma said, “Having been a support worker for a number of years, I know from experience how sore hands can become from the constant hand washing. I can only imagine how sore front line workers’ hands are right now.  Many nurses have asked to purchase these hand creams, so I decided to raise money to enable me to give them one for free.”  Emma continued, “I didn’t think I would get as many donations as I did, but my lovely customers raised over £200, which helped me to initially purchase 90 hand creams.”  

Emma has selflessly donated all her commission to the cause which was received by staff on ward 22 at the hospital.  Emma has already ordered another batch which will be packaged up to be sent to ward 23 at Scunthorpe General Hospital.  

Student, Emma Devai
Student, Emma Devai who has donated the hand creams.

Shellie Colebrook (26) Senior Healthcare Assistant received the donation on behalf of ward 22 and said, “Thank you so much for the donation of the hand creams, everybody is so grateful for them. We can’t explain how sore and cracked our hands are getting from the PPE, so these are fantastic. Thank you again from everyone.”