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RuTC Celebrates Staff Awards at Summer BBQ

Friday 8 July 2016

 On Wednesday 6th July Richmond upon Thames College staff celebrated their annual awards ceremony in recognition of those who have offered an outstanding contribution to the college. All staff departments were invited to enjoy an impressive barbeque prepared by the college’s training restaurant, Merits, against the backdrop of live music on a beautiful summer’s day.

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Employees were asked to vote for their colleagues and awards were calculated for winning titles including Business Support Staff of the Year (Stella Burrey), Curriculum Leadership Award (Clare Dignum), Business Support Leadership Award (Jame McRae), Tutor of the Year (Tamara Jijiashvili), Teacher of the Year (Helen Christison) and Team of the Year (Performing Arts Facilitators). Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO & Principal at RuTC, also offered recognition to Mark Brough by presenting him with the Principal’s Award.

Robin commented “the Staff Awards celebration was a fantastic opportunity to recognise colleagues who have gone above and beyond expectations in serving the college and our students with the highest levels of commitment. The event celebrated many of our talented staff with an uplifting end to the College year.”



Staff Awards Listing

Business Support Staff of the Year: Stella Burrey

Stella was awarded for being the keystone to the smooth running of Supported Learning, Travel and Tourism and Hospitality and Catering departments. She is a hardworking and conscientious administrator; her record keeping and filing systems are above reproach and her customer service skills with the students are second to none.

Curriculum Leadership: Clare Dignum

Clare was awarded for her commitment to improve and develop the outcomes and experience of learning for both students and teachers. She has established a Teaching & Learning team who are able to innovate, collaborate and develop teaching strategies to share with the staff they work with, promoting the on-going renewal of pedagogy used in classrooms.

Business Support Leadership: James McRae

James was awarded for being an aspirational and inspiring leader whose dedication to continuous improvement is second to none. The impact and evidence is the recent on-programme student feedback that rated levels of satisfaction of the Learning Resource Centre at 91%, 10% above the national average when compared with other colleges across the UK.

Tutor of the Year: Tamara Jijiashvili

Tamara was awarded for being dedicated, motivated and above all student centred. When asked to set up an Enrichment activity for her students, Tamara set up three! Tamara is always looking for opportunities for her students both academically and pastorally, and encourages them not only to aspire and achieve, but also to participate in the college community.

Teacher of the Year: Helen Christison

Helen was awarded for the positive feedback students have given about her teaching; Helen transcends in all aspects of customer service. The students respond well to Helen’s humour and feel very comfortable in approaching her for help.

Team of the Year: Performing Arts facilitators

Martin, Jerry and Stuart all work tirelessly for the Performing Arts Department for both Dance, Drama and Music performances, and also for cross college events from open days to awards ceremonies. They are all very professional and organised and run a very tight ship in the technical theatre workshop and music department. They can clearly see the benefits of working together, as a college, and are always a pleasure to work with.

The Principal’s Award: Mark Brough

In recognition of outstanding service and commitment to the College’s Vision and Values, Mark was awarded for his contribution to excellence in providing the best possible experience for our students, staff and external stakeholders.

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