From a member of staff who combats absences by students by helping them arrange journeys to College, to someone who has worked tirelessly with local agencies, some of Uxbridge College's best people were rewarded for their efforts.

Hillingdon Council's Director of Education and Children's Services Chris Spencer, and Uxbridge College's Chair of Governors Doreen West, helped present awards and spoke to the College's 350 staff at the recent event.

Hillingdon Council and Uxbridge College are key partners in delivering the borough's Local Area Agreement, and have worked together on a number of other projects.

At the Staff Awards 2008, nominations were made by students as well as staff, and a total of 147 student entries were received.

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: "The Staff Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate some of our unsung heroes whose tireless work has helped make Uxbridge College an outstanding college. It was also really heartwarming to see so many student nominations which showed how much staff are valued by the young people they work with as well as their colleagues."

Excerpts from some of the winning nominations for the annual awards included:

Innovative and Effective Work Practices
Mandip Bhatia, Attendance Co-Ordinator - Hair & Beauty

"The excuses of coughs, colds, headaches do not phase this person who simply tells them to wrap up warm, take a lemsip or paracetamol and get into College whatever time they can. Bus, train and other public transport failure excuses are listened to but then this person will get onto TfL's website and research alternative routes and modes of transport for individuals providing them with print outs and timetables."

Work with Employers (1 of 2 winners)
Julie Ede, CTL - Travel and Tourism (Acting)

"Has built up a large portfolio of employer contacts. Secured guest speakers from major organisations. Regularly visits companies to maintain relationships. Secured jobs for students with major companies. Excellent support to both students and staff - unselfish with her time for others."

Community Impact
Mike McDonagh, Head of Security

"This person knows everyone! They have improved the standing of the College in the local community. Very personable. Remains calm in all situations. This person works tirelessly with local agencies and their hard work deserves appreciation."

Teacher of the Year
David Biggs, Lecturer - ESOL

"A materials maestro - producing exciting, colourful and productive worksheets by the tonnage until colleagues cry "nooooooo - our students cannot take any more." Supports staff throughout, provided some outstanding training which all still gush over and was the first to volunteer to work Saturdays."

Fractional Employee (1 of 2 winners)
Brian Wilde, CTL - Accountancy

"Very organised and hard working. Students love this person's lessons. Best practice in terms of professionalism at all levels - fabulous. Commitment to the College, team and students in terms of supporting students through the day or evening, enabled AAT to achieve above benchmark results. High student achievement."

Curriculum Manager of the Year (1 of 2 winners)
Barbara Worms, Academic Standards Manager

"This person took the curriculum area forward in improving success rates, attendance rates and in improving Teaching and Learning. Worked tirelessly and with such a focus on detail to bring to the attention of everyone the talents and successes of the Outstanding provision."

Unsung Heroes (1 of 2 winners)
Zulfiqar Choudhry, Lecturer - Computing

"This person is an innovator - with a clear vision of where they want to get to. This person has seen a new area to develop that matches the needs and aspirations of the modern 'youth' and from scratch has developed a whole new programme."

Impact on Learning - STAR Award of the Year
Natalie Muller, CTL - Beauty Therapy

"This person has worked with employers and other external companies organising a huge number of enrichment activities for students. They have organised a number of CPD events so that staff can deliver to industry standards. This person never gets cross with students - there's no need to, they all have a mutual respect for her."

Student Nominated Award (1 of 2 winners)
Murray Foulds, Section Manager - H&SC (Acting)

"They have been my favourite tutor ever since I joined the College. They are very co-operative with students and remain patient even if you ask the same question a million times. A brilliant teacher who puts everything they have into each lesson, making the lessons fun, interesting and easy to understand."

Dream Team
The Exams Team

"This team works silently in the background. They are well organised and patient, especially when additions and changes are made. They provide a consistent and exceptional service to both curriculum areas and students alike. They worked tirelessly over the summer months to ensure College achievement is fully captured."


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