Argyll Col­lege UHI scoops pres­ti­gious an­nual awards

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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’ and 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.

The an­nounce­ment was wel­comed by Argyll Col­lege UHI Prin­ci­pal Fraser Durie, who was very im­pressed by both the num­ber and stan­dard of nom­i­na­tions from across the area.

“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,” he added.

“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 stu­dent added.

“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.”

Mo said she and Judi were both ‘stunned and 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.

Scott An­der­son, won the Best En­gage­ment with the Stu­dent Voice cat­e­gory, and is no stranger to awards last year hav­ing won the Best Class Rep­re­sen­ta­tive ac­co­lade in the same scheme.

Scott spent 20 years in the ca­ter­ing in­dus­try be­fore em­bark­ing on life as a stu­dent, and now jug­gles his stud­ies with help­ing to look af­ter his three chil­dren.

The stu­dent who nom­i­nated him states he has “worked tire­lessly ….. al­ways try­ing to en­gage with stu­dents across our net­work. He has made ev­ery ef­fort to hear what stu­dents are say­ing and to act on their feed­back. He has gone above and be­yond in his role and his ded­i­ca­tion should not go un­no­ticed.”

Scott said: ““I am gen­uinely shocked, hon­oured and hum­bled that peo­ple went out of their way to nom­i­nate me again! I’m re­ally grate­ful to the stu­dents of Argyll Col­lege UHI and to HISA for giv­ing me th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences that I have en­joyed so much over the last year.”

The three Argyll Col­lege UHI nom­i­nees who were Highly Com­mended were Camp­bel­town’s Kerry McGeachy in the Most In­spir­ing Lec­turer cat­e­gory, and Morag Nimmo from Dunoon and Dawn Miller from Camp­bel­town, both in the Most En­gag­ing Video Con­fer­ence Tu­tor cat­e­gory.

The Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands was one of the first UK in­sti­tu­tions to in­tro­duce stu­dent-led teach­ing awards. The ini­tia­tive, now in its eighth year, recog­nises ex­cel­lence in 14 cat­e­gories, with win­ners com­ing from around the univer­sity part­ner­ship.

Dr Iain Mor­ri­son, dean of stu­dents at the univer­sity, said: “You can­not fool a stu­dent: they know high qual­ity learn­ing and teach­ing and great stu­dent sup­port when they see it. The fact that there was a record num­ber of nom­i­na­tions, cov­er­ing ev­ery part of the univer­sity, sug­gests that our staff con­tinue to pro­vide ex­cel­lent teach­ing and sup­port for the peo­ple whose feed­back they care about most, their stu­dents. The stu­dent tes­ti­mony from th­ese awards is gen­uinely mov­ing at times and any­one con­sid­er­ing study­ing with us can be as­sured they will be in good hands.”

Holly Scrim­geour, pres­i­dent of the High­lands and Is­lands Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The HISA Awards are an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to cel­e­brate the peo­ple who have sup­ported them through­out their stud­ies and re­ward them for their ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions to univer­sity life.

“Our lec­tur­ers and sup­port staff are vi­tal to the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing study and th­ese awards al­low us an in­sight into who is go­ing above and be­yond to pos­i­tively ben­e­fit our stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

“The nom­i­na­tions are a de­light to read. The HISA Awards also ac­knowl­edge our class rep­re­sen­ta­tives and clubs and so­ci­eties en­sur­ing that we cel­e­brate those stu­dents who give their time and sup­port to their class­mates. It is an honour to give th­ese awards.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Argyll Col­lege UHI, an aca­demic part­ner of the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands, go to https:// www.argyll.uhi.ac.uk/ Scott An­der­son and Luke Hum­ber­stone

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