Ar­ran sup­port staff are voted the best

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Two of the top ac­co­lades in the High­lands and Is­lands Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s (HISA) an­nual awards scheme have been won by Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mo McKenna and Judi Wor­thing­ton, who run the col­lege’s Ar­ran Cen­tre, were named best sup­port staff, while Dunoon stu­dent Scott An­der­son won the best en­gage­ment with the stu­dent voice – stu­dent cat­e­gory. A fur­ther three staff mem­bers were highly com­mended in this year’s hon­ours, which are open to nom­i­na­tions from all 13 dif­fer­ent col­leges and re­search in­sti­tu­tions which make up the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands.

Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI Prin­ci­pal Fraser Durie said: ‘It is won­der­ful that our stu­dents felt strongly enough about the fan­tas­tic job many of our staff and stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives do that they took the time to nom­i­nate them for these pres­ti­gious awards.

‘The Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI nom­i­nees were up against high-qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion from an area stretch­ing from Shet­land to El­gin to Perth, so to come out with two awards and three com­men­da­tions is bril­liant. I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late our win­ners in par­tic­u­lar, but also all other nom­i­nees and other staff who to­gether work so hard to en­sure Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI pro­vides the best ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence it pos­si­bly can.’

Mo and Judi, the Ar­ran cen­tre man­ager and as­sis­tant cen­tre man­ager re­spec­tively, were nom­i­nated by a stu­dent who said al­though there were only two of them, they ‘pro­vide the sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and ad­vice of a team of 100’.

‘They are al­ways so happy, en­thu­si­as­tic and pos­i­tive and work to­gether so hard as a team to make our lives at col­lege as smooth as pos­si­ble. The pair of them are true stars and it’s fan­tas­tic that they’ve been recog­nised for all they have done for me and ev­ery other Ar­ran stu­dent. They truly de­serve it,’ the stu­dent added.

Mo said she and Judi were both ‘ab­so­lutely de­lighted’ to have re­ceived the award. ‘Sup­port­ing stu­dents through good times and bad can be one of the most chal­leng­ing, but also the most re­ward­ing, parts of our job. I know how hard all staff in Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands work to sup­port stu­dents, so to win this is just amaz­ing,’ she added.

Judi Wor­thing­ton and Mo McKenna of the Ar­ran Cen­tre have re­ceived one of this year’s HISA stu­dent awards.

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