World, European and National recognition in IT

Thursday 26 June 2014

Bedford College is among the best in world in computing and to prove it has scooped two British Council awards for its work: Beware! Codebreakers!

It has been awarded an

*eTwinning National Quality Label

and a

*Creative Language Learning – Post Primary award

Of more than 1,000 projects registered with the British Council in the UK only 14 won prizes.

Said Lecturer in Computing, Jim Bateman on behalf of his colleagues at Bedford College: “We are delighted to have been awarded the eTwinning National Quality Label. To secure the NQL is a real honour for students and teachers.”


To secure the NQL, Bedford College computing department partnered the Lycee du Haut Barr in France. This entailed working as a European team in UK’s National Cipher Challenge. The Bedford and French students cracked encrypted messages set by the Mathematics department of the University of Southampton.

eTwinning is a digital community involving 250,000 teachers in 32 countries across Europe and is funded by the European Commission as part of Erasmus+ programme, which is managed in the UK by the British Council. The NQL is issued to those that produce outstanding work as part of their eTwinning.

Cisco Global Honour

Meanwhile, Bedford College’s Judith Larsen has been given the honour of being a Cisco Networking Academy Advanced Level instructor which recognises her achievements “as one of the top 25% globally”. She is now listed on the Cisco Netspace Recognition Programme.

World Skills Event

Students gathered at Bedford College to take part in a World Skills IT event - prizes were presented by Deputy CEO David Pridmore.

Large Hadron Collider

Bedford College computing students visited the home of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

Working with students from a local school there they conducted a physics experiment measuring the temperature of the Universe.


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