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RuTC wins ‘Best Training and Development Award’

Thursday 7 October 2021

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is the proud winner of the ‘Best Training and Development Award’, which the College received at the 2020 Richmond Business Awards, held on Friday 24 September 2021 at Twickenham Stadium and hosted annually for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

RuTC won the award, which was sponsored by St Mary’s University, for their quick response to teaching and learning during the pandemic, by swiftly moving to a fully remote system at short notice. This required accelerated development of enhanced digital skills to use a range of solutions, including Microsoft Teams, to deliver lessons remotely with limited notice from the start of the first lockdown.

Subsequent and ongoing training was provided to ensure that teachers were able to meet the developing demands of the situation and maintain the continuity of the learning experience. This continuation of service enabled not only remote delivery of live lessons, but also enhanced delivery of blended learning, both synchronously and asynchronously.

Jason Jones, Principal of Richmond upon Thames College said: “We’re incredibly proud to win this award and it is testament to the hard work and commitment from our colleagues, who really did pull out all the stops to ensure that we were able to maintain a high-quality remote learning experience for all our students during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“Our collective response to the challenges of the pandemic built on the ‘Classroom of the Future’ training programme that our Learning Technologies team were already leading in preparation for our move to our new state-of-the-art college building. Staff across the College responded brilliantly to the accelerated training and development programme that the COVID-19 situation necessitated. I’m extremely grateful to my colleagues for the ingenuity, skill and resilience they applied to redesigning curriculum delivery to ensure that the impact of the pandemic on our students’ learning experience was minimised. I’d like to thank Richmond Chamber of Commerce and all of our business and enterprise partners for their continuing support for the College and the diverse communities that we serve.”

Richmond upon Thames College was one of the main sponsors at the Business Awards and will be sponsoring the Awards again in 2022 - you can find out more here.

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