College staff awarded for outstanding contribution

College staff awarded for outstanding contribution

SMT Special Award winners The Apprenticeships Team with George Stonier

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has recognised the hard work and achievements of its staff in an annual Outstanding Contribution Awards ceremony.

In its fifth consecutive year, a total of 34 nominations were received across seven categories, which included Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Contribution over the course of a career at NULC, with over 1029 votes being casted by staff from the College.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive of NULC said: “All our staff work extremely hard, but the Senior Managers and I felt we wanted to reward those exceptionally committed and dedicated staff that go the extra mile to make the College a fantastic place to work and study.”

She added: “It makes me feel incredibly proud knowing we have so many outstanding members of staff that have contributed significantly to the continued success of the College – making it the innovative, forward thinking institution we know today.”

The awards were presented by the College’s Chair of Governors, George Stonier, at the College’s recent Annual General Meeting, hosted in the £5.5M Performing Arts Centre.

The award winners were: Outstanding Lecturer: Fred Bramham, Curriculum Leader in Business and Management Outstanding Assessors (joint winners): Chris Rawlinson, Assessor in Computing, Accounting and Business and John Warburton, Assessor in Functional Skills Outstanding Member of Support Staff: Rosemary Wright, Payroll Officer Outstanding Managers (joint winners): Navarda Garside, Curriculum Manager in English and Maths and Mike Kelly, Assistant Head in Media and Photography Outstanding Member of Staff in their First Year: Nigel Edwards, Catering Manager Outstanding Contribution over the course of a career at NULC: Martin Bostock, Head of Estates and Facilities SMT (Senior Management Team) Special Award: the Apprenticeships Team

The College’s Apprenticeships Team were presented with a Special Award by the Senior Management Team, which acknowledged their hard work and dedication reflected through growth in the government’s priority of apprenticeships, with 1500 NULC apprentices from 800 employers enjoying a framework success rate 11% above the national average.

The team have worked hard to recruit apprentices and employers from across Staffordshire, deploying promotional campaigns such as ‘50 in 50’, where they set themselves a target of recruiting 50 employers and apprentices in 50 days, and an Apprenticeships Roadshow where they visited a number of local high schools on board a classic American school bus during National Apprenticeship Week (14 – 18 March) to raise awareness of the benefits of studying an apprenticeship.

NULC offers apprenticeships at a number of levels in a range of subjects from Business Administration and Accounting to Construction and Engineering.

The College employs 450 full-time equivalent staff at its £60 million Knutton Lane campus.

To find out more about courses at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) visit or contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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