Staff Awards 2020

Deserved Recognition for Dedicated Staff in Online Awards Ceremony

1 September 2020

Brilliant individuals and teams have had their work efforts and ethics celebrated during the RNN Group’s* first online awards ceremony.

The event, held virtually for safety, recognises terrific teams and individuals for tirelessly using their roles to make a difference for students, their working environments and communities they serve.

Colleagues nominate winners, encouraging staff to reward their fellow worker’s inspirational attitudes, approaches and efforts to make a positive impact.

With winners nominated across a variety of categories, there is room to recognise people for a wide number of altruistic reasons. Categories include going above and beyond, excelling as a newcomer, helping your local community, triumphing over adversity, providing excellent customer service, innovation, support and more.

Winners for this year’s categories are:

  • Above and Beyond Award: Christopher Tracey
  • Best Newcomer Award: Ashton Clarke
  • Cheers From Your Peers: Sam Caudwell
  • Community Awards: Jean Chambers, Julie Cusack, Richard Braham
  • Spotlight Award: Helen Parkinson
  • Triumph Over Adversity Award: Amanda Harston-Southern
  • Customer Service Award: IT Support Services
  • Delivery Team of the Year Award: ESOL
  • Innovation Team of the Year Award: Quality Team
  • Support Team of the Year Award: Exams Team
  • Principal Award: Amanda Harston-Southern

In recognising their co-workers, staff applauded their willingness to always go the extra mile and make a difference.

Learning Support Assistant Lynn Crowder nominated Helen Parkinson for the Spotlight Award.

Lynn said: “Helen is an amazing person and not only supports learners but staff too; she is always prepared to go above and beyond.

“Helen’s offered support and advice when learners have been finding google classroom difficult to access or navigate and has shown a keen interest in getting students involved with fitness tasks by taking part in runs with them outside College. This is one of the reasons why our students hold Helen in such high regard and show her utmost respect.”

Chief Executive Officer and Principal of RNN Group Jason Austin, who oversaw the selection of this year’s winners, said: “This academic year has been far from normal.

“When met with extraordinary circumstances, I am delighted to see how our terrific teams and staff respond with relentless spirit, knowledge, care and dogged determination in providing our students and colleagues fantastic support.”

Jason added: “I would like to extend my congratulations and admiration to all winners and those nominated; our Staff Awards are a wonderful opportunity to share the courage and resolve of our unsung heroes in keeping our students’ eyes fixed on the horizon and our fellow worker’s shape our learning environments for the better through concerted and collective effort.”


* RNN Group is an education group which includes Rotherham College, Dearne Valley College, North Notts College and University Centre Rotherham.

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