Inspirational teachers recognised

Four teachers have won accolades to recognise the crucial and often extra-curricular role they played in supporting students with their progression to the University of Bath.

The new Project Support for Inspirational Teaching Awards were launched by the University’s Student Recruitment Team who invited first year undergraduates from groups currently under-represented in higher education, to nominate an inspirational teacher who supported them with an extended project.

The first winners of the Project Support for Inspirational Teaching Awards are:

  • Oliver Savvides of London Academy Of Excellence
  • Christopher Morgan of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Sixth Form
  • Liz Wife of All Saints Academy Cheltenham
  • Mrs Michelle Pugh of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf.

Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, will present each winner with a trophy at a ceremony at The Edge on Friday 23 February, along with a complementary night’s stay for two at a Bath hotel and £500 for their school or college. Winners have also been invited to contribute to ongoing development of the Bath Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and the University’s Teachers Conference in June.

A panel of staff from across the University considered each nomination: Panel Chair and Deputy Head of the Skills Centre, Sarah Williment; Emeritus Professor Jeff Thompson, Department of Education; Admissions Manager (Progression) Hannah Thompson; Widening Participation Outreach Officer Sophie Kirtley and Recruitment Manager and Panel Secretary, Sue Garrett.

Chair of the judging panel, Sarah Williment commented: “Judging these nominations has been a very rewarding process. It was a humbling experience to learn about the incredible levels of dedication and commitment of these teachers. Overall, the quality was extremely high and it was a difficult decision to identify a single winner, as all the nominees were hugely deserving.

“We are delighted with the outcomes of the award and would like to encourage more nominations when the annual awards launch again next year.”

Inspirational Teaching Award winner, Liz Wife from All Saints Academy Cheltenham, said: “I am absolutely bowled over to have been awarded this. I haven’t stopped smiling since I received the email.”

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