Barnfield College is proudly celebrating the remarkable achievement of one of its Heads of Department. Nominated for NAMSS‘ ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ award as part of the Annual Student Services Awards for 2017/2018, Barnfield College’s Head of Tutoring, Student Engagement & Student Services, Beth Taylor, received the noteworthy endorsement of joint first place.
“It’s an absolute honour to receive this award,” said Beth. “To be invited to attend [the NAMSS’ Annual Conference] is exciting enough, but to then hear your name being read out as a winner is an incredible feeling.”
Beth Taylor joined Barnfield College in January 2016 as Head of Tutoring & Student Engagement, before increasing her responsibilities to include heading up Student Services in December 2017. During her time at the College, Beth has spearheaded some impressive and successful initiatives, including the College recently becoming a Hate Crime Reporting Centre, and its achievement of the Investors in Diversity Standard at Stage 2.
Beth attended the NAMSS Annual Conference 2018 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham on Monday 19 March 2018 to be presented with a glass trophy in recognition of her success by Mark Donkersley, CEO of eSafe and Conference Sponsor, at the event’s Gala dinner.
This award serves to reinforce Barnfield College’s Student Support teams’ ‘award-winning’ status. Both the College’s Student Services and Student Engagement teams are already accredited with the prestigious ‘matrix Standard‘, a nationally recognised quality mark for information, advice and guidance services, along with an award from the National Bullying Intervention Group for Anti-Bullying initiatives within the Safeguarding and Student Engagement team, also steered by Beth.
Also in receipt of this prestigious award as joint first place winner was Joe Baldwin of Bridgend College, to whom Barnfield College also extends congratulations.
NAMSS (National Association for Managers of Student Services), is a not-for-profit organisation and a key stakeholder for Government department consultations including safeguarding, funding, learner wellbeing etc. NAMSS has a network of circa. 600 members in almost 300 member colleges across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Source: http://www.namss.ac.uk/about-namss, March 2018)