Staff from across the college were invited to enjoy a barbecue put on by Merits, the college’s training restaurant, and celebrate those receiving awards voted for by colleagues and students.
Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO & Principal of RuTC, commented “the event was a great opportunity for us to recognise and thank the staff members who have exceeded expectations this year in supporting the college and our students”.
Business Support Staff Member – Debbie Beadle
In her role as Commissionaire, Debbie has built a great relationship with the students who trust her and respect her no-nonsense approach and she demonstrates a great deal of compassion towards them. Whether Debbie is called to an emergency or is helping a student, she always goes above and beyond what is expected of her, dealing with situations in a calm and collected manner.
Teacher of the Year – Ewan Mackintosh
Ewan started at RuTC this academic year and has proved to be a very pro-active member of the Supported Learning Team. He devised a whole course around the needs of the students in his Pathway to Work group which included attending the gym, planning the group’s Christmas meal at a restaurant, arranging a charity cake sale and various visits including to Richmond Museum where the students learnt about the history of the area, and the Orleans House Gallery where they viewed an exhibition on mental health issues followed by a discussion on issues raised.
Learning Technology Award – Jane Ball
Jane has put a huge amount of time and expertise into redeveloping Moodle, including working with suppliers and various departments within the College to ensure content is up to date and accessible. She has also been instrumental in implementing new resources available from the Blended Learning Consortium and has introduced a new Student News blog.
Team of the Year – Travel & Tourism
The Travel & Tourism team are endlessly supportive of each other and have demonstrated that they are adaptable, with two new members seamlessly joining the team this year. Following its academic success last year, the department went on to receive a grade one in October and have been able to maintain that standard throughout the year.
Leadership Award – Ian Seeds
Ian is a supportive manager who at all times has the needs of the students and College at heart. He makes himself available for anyone who needs help or advice.
Ian understands the needs and requirements of the range of courses he manages, and staff want to succeed and improve their teaching due to his fair and supportive approach. He shows genuine care for the students and staff in his department.
Best Teaching Staff (nominated by students) – Susan Ali
Susan goes above and beyond her responsibilities as a Biology teacher and it is clear how much she cares about her job and us. Her enthusiasm for Biology is contagious and even though at times we know we make it challenging for her, she never gives up on us and does everything she can to ensure we succeed.
Best Business Support Staff (nominated by students) – Cait Orton
Cait is caring, thoughtful and has helped so many students during her time here at RuTC. She never judges us and is always supportive. She is a godsend for the Student Union and is always available to support and facilitate events organised by the group.
Cait is always there for us and always seems to know how to help to make things better. One student said “I honestly don’t think I could have survived my years at RuTC without her, Cait is truly brilliant.”
The Principal’s Award – Nicola Harding
Nicola always goes above and beyond with grace and humour.
She manages her team with a positive “can do” attitude, it is never about blame, but works collaboratively to find the best solution for the College. Nicola is well respected by colleagues across the College and has developed an approachable coaching style.
Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer at RuTC, reflected on being awarded the Best Business Support Staff by students and commented “it was really lovely to be nominated by students for the Best Business Support Staff award. Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and we all work very hard to achieve the best outcomes for our students so this nomination means the world to me”.