Long-serving member of Weston College staff wins surprise award

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By YouPR | Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:05

A long-serving Weston College staff member has won a major award for her work in the field of Higher Education (HE).

Gill Wilmot, Curriculum Manager for Access to HE, has scooped the Keith Fletcher Access to HE Memorial Prize for her work in helping to attract thousands of students to Weston.

Gill, who has been at the College since 1976, was told of her success at the College's annual Governors' Christmas dinner last Thursday (December 18)

Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive, told her: "Inspirational teaching and learning combined with your dedication has brought much success to your learners and the College. You are an example to us all."

Gill's time at Weston College has been marked by a huge increase in the number of students taking up HE places. An inspiration to staff and students alike, Gill is as much concerned with the welfare of those who enrol for HE courses as she is about their academic success.

Former student Simon Roots said of her: "Gill has a wonderfully infectious gift of being able to make everything possible and achievable. This altruistic gift has enabled many students to grasp their dreams and in doing so; improve the quality of their lives."

Gill said: "My job gives me an enormous amount of enjoyment. There can be no greater honour than teaching Access to Higher Education students and seeing them achieving their dreams."

The award, which recognises and celebrates the achievement and commitment of Access to HE staff and students throughout the United Kingdom, was given on behalf of the Open College Network South West Region (OCNSWR). Regional Chief Executive Christine Bullock and Director of Access Steph Hulford presented Gill with a piece of pottery and a cheque for £1,000.

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