20 February 2008

University scoops two medals for excellence


The University of Lincoln has won two City & Guilds Medals for Excellence in this year’s awards. Tutor Trevor Cairns and student Debbie Cooke have both been recognised for their exceptional work.


Trevor, Training Co-ordinator for Land-based Industries, is one of only 17 lecturers throughout the UK and Ireland to win a Medal for Excellence this year.


Debbie is one of 113 talented people to be awarded the 2008 City & Guilds Medal for Excellence for her outstanding performance on the Garden Design course.


The panel described Trevor as: “a clear nominee who supports and guides his candidates with genuine enthusiasm for the subject”.


According to the City & Guilds’ judging panel: “Debbie has shown determination and originality in her coursework and has achieved very high standards. She is a deserving recipient of the Medal for Excellence and we are delighted to have chosen her for this award.”


Trevor, who is based at the University’s Riseholme campus, said: “I am lucky to work in an ever-changing industry and give guidance to enthusiastic and highly skilled students working towards their apprenticeships. Winning this award is a total surprise.”


Debbie said: “I am delighted to have won this medal but slightly taken aback. I wasn’t aware that my work was particularly special. I did work hard during my course as my objective was to do my best and get as much out of it as possible. Winning this award has given me a confidence which I hope will be reflected in my work.”


City & Guilds is the UK’s leading awarding body for work-related qualifications. The Medals for Excellence programme rewards talented people who have displayed exceptional standards as students or educational professionals.


Debbie and Trevor are now in the running to win one of eight prestigious Lion Awards, dubbed the ‘education Oscars’, which will be announced later this year at a gala event to celebrate learning, success and achievement in London.



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