11th May 2021
Congratulations go out to Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), Honours Programme Leader Richard Simpson, who has been nominated for the University of Oxford's Inspirational Teachers Award 2020.
Richard was nominated by former Newcastle College student, Chloe Fox-Robertson who now studies at the University of Oxford, for the crucial role he plays in raising student aspirations and fuelling their enthusiasm for their subject.
As part of the award process, students are asked to submit a nomination about a teacher. Chloe's nomination read...
"I would like to nominate Richard Simpson for the Inspirational Teachers Award as a tutor at my former college. I think there should be recognition for all his support and commitment towards every student; encouraging us to raise our aspirations and apply to exceptional universities.
I knew I wanted to go to university, and I was considering universities within the Russel Group. Initially, I did not consider the University of Oxford as a viable option at all because I did not think I would have any chance of being able to gain a place and study here. I did not know anyone who had studied at either Oxford or Cambridge, and I didn't think I was the 'right sort of person' or even capable of doing this. However, with Richard's help and support, I was able to recognise the University of Oxford as being an achievable aim.
The Honours Programme that Richard co-ordinates focuses on encouraging high achieving students to reach their potential. There were many events and opportunities that I was able to experience through this programme, which helped to inspire me to apply to the University of Oxford, and Richard supported me throughout the process of doing so. The involvement with the Cambridge HE+ Programme was particularly useful due to talks on university applications with subject-specific academic talks and research project I worked on. Richard also helped my peers and I to be involved in a residential stay at Oxford, and various UCAS application workshops. Richard's input and guidance developed our confidence and skills, inspiring us to aim higher."