College hosts summer reunion like no other

Ruth Peterson | July 10, 2020

10 July 2020

A summer celebration like no other has highlighted the achievements of staff at Bradford College at the end of an extraordinary year.

The Bradford College Virtual Staff Reunion showcased the success of staff who have pulled out all the stops over the past year to ensure they continued to transform student lives.

Mylo and Rosi ulse 1 present the Bradford College Virtual Reunion
Mylo and Rosie introduce proceedings

The show must go on

Mylo and Rosie, hosts of the Pulse 1 Breakfast Show, were the comperes for this unique event, which united staff online via Microsoft Teams.

Usually the college’s annual Summer Conference brings all staff together to celebrate the past academic year’s successes. However, this year the Covid-19 crisis meant that some extra creativity was needed. So the College’s Marketing Team orked closely with the IT, Technology and Media Teams to bring this major event online. Rosie said: “As the saying goes, ‘the show must go on!’”

Split screen image of virtual choir at Bradford College Reunion
Together in Microsoft Teams: Virtual choir delighted viewers

New way to deliver event

Dawn Leak, Vice Principal, said: “As with everything that has been affected by COVID 19, we have found new ways to deliver an alternative way of putting on our staff conference.  It’s an opportunity for the college to recognise and thank its staff for the fantastic work they do in supporting students, and in the current times, each other.”

During the two-hour online event, there were extra special awards for individuals and teams across the college. Colleagues were invited to nominate those they believed had worked especially hard and made an outstanding contribution to supporting students. There were also long-service awards and a series of special commendations for staff and teams.

Our amazing staff award winners

Winner of the Outstanding Individual Award was Dillian Simpson, Supporting Teaching and Learning Tutor & Assessor. He said: “I’m really grateful for this honour. I would not have been able to make this progress if it wasn’t for the amazing support from the wider team. I want to give a special shout out to Hayley Cooper, Calvin Bowers and Helen Kain. They went above and beyond to make sure I was able to support my learners, even in difficult circumstances.”

Curriculum Team of the Year was Progression to Learning & Work (PLW), led by Helen Denning. Helen said: “The team is really excited. The commitment from all of them is second to none and I’m so proud of every single one of them. We’re a PLW family, all very supportive of one another.”

The full list of special awards are:

FE Lecturer of the year: Esther Wilkey, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Lecturer

HE Lecturer of the year: Hannah Lamb, Programme Leader, Textiles & Surface Design

Support Team Member of the Year: Mark Campbell, IT Internal Campus Manager

Inspirational Leader of the Year: Chris Thornton, Head of Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) & Additional Learning Support (ALS)

Innovator in teaching and Learning: John Hughes – Motor Vehicle and Engineering Tutor

Curriculum Team of the Year: Progression to Learning and Work

Support Team of the Year: IT Services

English Teacher of the Year: Ummera Iqbal

Maths Teacher of the Year: Adam Longden

Outstanding Individual: Dillian Simpson

Outstanding Team: Learning Support (Chris Thornton’s area)

CEO Award: Zaid Bashir, Technology and Media Manager

Danny Mylo presents a certificate on camera
Mylo presents a special award

Support for the NHS

During the Covid-19 crisis, Bradford College’s staff and students have supported the front line of the healthcare workforce.

With support from colleagues in Technology and Media and IT, Zaid Bashir has created 1,000s of masks for frontline healthcare workers. He did this by using 3D printers and other raw materials.

Medical supplies including more than 13,000 gloves and 800 bottles of hand sanitiser were donated to Bradford Royal and Bradford-based charity The Cellar Trust. Bradford College was also among colleges working with Bradford Council, SkillsHouse and Skills for Care to run various programmes enabling people to join a pool of staff working in nursing and care homes in the district.

And a group of community learning students, led by tutor Nabeela Khan, have stitched gowns, scrubs, masks and bags to support healthcare staff. They donated reusable materials to hospitals and clinics across West Yorkshire.

“Doing a fantastic job”

Mylo said: “During these unprecedented times, our NHS has been at the forefront of the crisis. We know that staff at Bradford College have friends and family who work for the NHS who have been treating and caring for people during their time of need.

“We also know that Bradford College has been doing a fantastic job in supporting the NHS by creating PPE, donating supplies, and by raising money for Bradford Hospital Charity’s NHS Hospital Heroes campaign.”

Bradford College is currently raising funds for the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Charity. You can donate to the JustGiving page here.

Vice principal: We are immensely proud of you all

Dawn said: “Firstly, we want to give a huge congratulations to all of our award winners. We are proud to recognise them for their exceptional work to transform the lives of our students.

“We also want to thank each and every one of our staff for their hard work, every day, to ensure we continue to support our students. Nobody could have predicted just how challenging this year would be. But events such as this show that the passion and talent of every member of staff, whatever their role, is hugely appreciated by students and colleagues.

“Thank you. We are immensely proud of you all.”


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