Higher Education lecturers awarded at SSTAR Awards

Two Higher Education lecturers from Petroc have been awarded for their outstanding contribution to education at the University of Plymouth’s 2018 SSTAR Awards.

The college delivers degree programmes in partnership with the University, and each year the UPSU hold the prestigious SSTAR Awards to recognise the many excellent university staff members and dedicated course reps at the University. Every year, staff and reps are nominated in a range of categories and a student committee decides on the Faculty winners for each award.

Laura West-Burnham, a Curriculum Team Leader, and Jess Robinson, a lecturer from the college’s Mid Devon Campus, were both announced as Faculty Winners at the celebration event which took place in Plymouth last month. Laura picked up the prize for Sensational Programme Lead for FdA Teaching and Learning for the second year running and Jess collected the award for Outstanding Personal Tutor, the third time the Early Childhood Studies department has won in this category.

Laura and Jess teach across the Foundation Degrees in Early Childhood Studies and Health and Social Care, as well as the college’s BA Honours programmes.

Petroc delivers almost 40 full and part time foundation degrees and BA honours programmes and, this September, the college is introducing the brand new BA (Hons) Professional Development (Childhood Studies), which will enable those wishing to pursue a career in social work, teaching or early years management to gain a university-level qualification.