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10th July 2018

Stafford College held its annual general meeting and staff awards presentation on Thursday 28 June where a number awards were made to recognise outstanding staff contributions and achievements.

With governor and local MP, Jeremy Pert, senior managers and staff in attendance, the College’s annual staff awards ceremony saw a range of awards presented, including; Outstanding Contribution – Lecturer, Outstanding Contribution – Assessor, Outstanding Contribution - Support Staff Member, Outstanding Contribution – first year along with a special, group Senior Management Team award.

The category Outstanding Contribution – Lecturer, was very closely contested and awards were presented to Curriculum Co-ordinator in Academic and Creative Studies, Tracey Reynolds and Head of Physics, Martin Gallacher, in recognition of their dedication and commitment to their respective roles.

The Outstanding Contribution - Support Staff Member category was won by Customer Service Manager, Craig Simpson, for his long standing input, having first joined Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) back in 2006 at the age of 16.

The Outstanding Contribution for a staff member in their first year went to Curriculum Manager for Accounting, Business, Computing and Tourism, Becky Sargeant, for her efforts, adaptability and dedication applied to her new role within the College.

In a dedicated category to reward long-serving staff members, Receptionist Sue Hanlon, who first joined the College back in 2001, was recognised for her pivotal front of house role and the helpful, cheerful manner she displays when welcoming staff and visitors on-site.

The group category Outstanding Contribution – Manager, was won by Group Head of Teaching, Learning and Quality, Gavin Barker for his dedication and hard work in maintaining the outstanding teaching and learning standards across NSCG.

The SMT Special Awards went to both the NSCG marketing team for their flexible, adaptable approach and involvement in numerous projects across both campuses as well as to Personal Tutor and long standing employee of the group, Mike Fyles. Mike, who has held the role of A Level Study Support Tutor since 2001 has supported, guided and encouraged thousands of A Level Students to fulfil their potential over the years and is truly deserving of this award. This is the first time that the SMT Special Award has ever been given to an individual.

Principal & Chief Executive, Karen Dobson said: “We have a staff team who are highly dedicated and committed to making a difference to the lives of our learners and our wider community. The annual staff awards event is our way of formally thanking all staff for their commitment, whilst recognising and rewarding a number of highly dedicated, hard-working individuals who have really excelled in their respective roles.”

The full list of award winners:

Outstanding Contribution by a Lecturer Stafford – Tracey Reynolds & Martin Gallacher

Outstanding Contribution by a Member of Support Staff at NSCG – Craig Simpson

Outstanding Contribution by a Member of Staff in their First Year Stafford – Becky Sergeant

Outstanding Contribution by a Member of Staff Over the Course of their Career Stafford – Sue Hanlon

Outstanding Contribution by a Manager at NSCG – Gavin Barker Senior Management Team Special Award Support Category – NSCG Marketing Team

Senior Management Team Special Award Academic – Mike Fyles

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