A NEW awards ceremony recognised outstanding, best and inspiring staff and students at Perth College UHI on Wednesday 22 May at the College campus.
Titled the ‘OBI Awards’ in recognition of the qualities required for nomination, there were student awards for: most significant contribution to quality enhancement, award for student engagement, best student-led event and staff awards for most inspiring lecturer, best personal academic tutor and award for outstanding support.
Dr Thomas Moore, Perth College UHI Principal and Chief Executive said: “This is a great opportunity to recognise some of our outstanding students and staff members. Real quality enhancement comes from involving everyone and marking excellence of this nature will enrich our students’ experience. The utmost priority within our college is the quality of education our students receive and this is achieved by staffing excellence.
“It is by highlighting and rewarding these exceptional standards that our students will be encouraged to develop the skills they need to become highly employable to top graduate recruiters.”
Xander McDade, Student Representative Council chair, added: “We were delighted to receive 150 nominations by the deadline. This was an incredible amount, and three times what we had hoped for!
“The OBI Awards are an example of something outstanding that happened because students and staff worked together to turn an idea into a reality, noted by the inspectors on our recent Education Scotland engagement visit. Even the excellent logo was designed by the marketing department’s student intern, who in turn is a student on the Visual Communications course.
“The best overall student representative winner was Alexis Brown who was commended for being an active representative for her own class and proactive member of the Student Representative Council. Through her placement within the Social and Vocational Studies department, she encouraged, supported and helped others to get involved and is an outstanding advocate for the student voice.”
The ceremony saw keynote speaker Graham Kirkpatrick, NUS Scotland’s Vice President (Education) discuss the considerable impact education has on people’s lives. He also commended the event, stating: “Only by students and staff working together can the student experience be enhanced and this is a shining example of such a partnership.”
Image attached (left to right): Richard Ogston, Student Services Manager; Xander McDade, Student Representative Council Chair; Alexis Brown, best overall student representative winner; Graham Kirkpatrick, NUS Scotland’s Vice President (Education); Katrina Paton, President of UHI Students’ Association; Dr Thomas Moore, Perth College UHI Principal and Chief Executive and Carole Saunders, Quality Coordinator.