Highlands and Islands University ‘Super Inspirational’ Adventure Course Lecturer Receives Above and Beyond Honors from Grateful Students Who Salute West Highland College Teacher’s Leadership During Dark Days of Covid


Lara Hinde: Above and beyond.

A lecturer credited with going “beyond” for his students came out on top in an award category across the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The Highlands and Islands Students Association (HISA) recently published its awards for UHI Partnership staff and students.

They allow students to nominate staff and students in various different categories with nominations judged by a jury made up of staff, students and student officers.

West Highland College UHI had 24 nominations per category for a total of 13 staff and a student award.

Of these, one staff member won the overall award in their individual category and four staff members and a student representative received high praise in their categories.

The winner of the “Above and Beyond” category in the whole university partnership, as well as Lara Hinde, lecturer at the School of Adventure Studies.

Lara, who is based near Broadford on the Isle of Skye, teaches the NQ Outdoor Adventure course, was also nominated in the Most Inspirational Speakers category.

One student said: ‘Lara went out of her way on several occasions to help us get settled in Skye. She is a super inspiring person and she has supported all of us throughout the course and throughout Covid. “

Another added: “Lara has gone out of her way to give us opportunities and it is such a pleasure to be taught by. She treats us all with respect and is one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Lara said: “I am absolutely delighted and very grateful to receive this award. The award is also a testament to the hard work of many other staff at West Highland College UHI who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the course can be delivered in its entirety despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, as well as to the students themselves who showed fantastic teamwork and supported each other to complete the course.

Lydia Rohmer, Principal and Executive Director of West Highland College UHI, said: “The HISA Awards come at a time when many of our staff and students have been going through their most difficult years. I am therefore extremely pleased that our students have recognized the excellent support provided by our colleagues and have signed up in large numbers to support applications in many of the categories available.

“The comments supporting the nominations were extremely moving, many students commented on the incredible support they received throughout the year which inspired and motivated them, helped them gain self-confidence to stay engaged in learning them, finishing their course and starting new things, which provided a “ray of sunshine and laughter” for many and an “important lifeline” for some during very dark times by their chosen candidate. All applicants commented on the help available not only during scheduled sessions, but beyond class hours.

Many commented on how their chosen candidate created a community in which students could help and support each other, not only as students, but as human beings.

“With the result of our recent student survey which indicated that over 93% of our students were satisfied / very

Satisfied with their time at university, I think these comments sum up the ethics of our entire UHI family at West Highland College and the personalized care and support we provide to our students.

An integral part of the academic calendar, the HISA Awards recognize staff and students who dedicate their time to making the institution more diverse and inclusive for all.

This year, over 600 applications were received with submissions praising the staff and students of the University of the Highlands and Islands for their support.

HISA President Florence Jansen said: “The HISA Awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate the staff and students who have gone above and beyond in the University of the Highlands and Islands partnership. This year we have encountered new challenges and it has been truly amazing to see HISA register over 600 nominations for the awards.

“The HISA team and I couldn’t be more proud of what our staff and students have accomplished this year and we hope the awards show our appreciation for the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes every day. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our winners, but also every staff member and student who has been nominated or highly recommended. “

Dean of Students Dr Iain Morrison said: “It’s hard to think of a more difficult context for the HISA Awards than what we’ve all been through this year. Despite the changes necessitated by the pandemic, the staff and students at this university have been magnificent in the way they have remained focused on supporting each other, adapting to changes in delivery, and continuing to provide an education. of superior quality.

“The comments from the students are truly moving in what they say about the candidates’ contributions to their well-being and success, and provide a powerful testament to what makes this university special: our staff and our students.”

Roll of honor

Lara Hinde, Outdoor Adventure speaker – Winner in the ‘Above and Beyond’ category

Lewis Sturrock, IT Speaker – Highly Recommended in the “Most Engaging Online Speaker” category and nominated in the “Most Inspirational Speaker” category. One of Lewis’s students commented: “Personally, I have had a very good experience with good feedback and explanations, as well as any other kind of help needed.

Another added: “He is an inspiring speaker because he always helps when you are stuck and always gives helpful advice. “

Andy Gibb, Health and Social Welfare Course Manager – Highly Recommended in the “Most Inspirational Speaker” category. One of Andy’s students commented, “During Covid, he motivated us all to work hard during tough times. His lectures were amazing online and it felt like a normal year. I felt involved in the lessons and Andy was amazing; always making sure everyone feels included.

Another added “Andy is always very supportive and always available if you need to chat with him. He always puts more than 100% in each of his students and helps you do your best even when you don’t expect it. No. He pushes you so you can do more.

Morag McKie, Head of Early Childhood Education and Child Care Course – Highly Recommended in the ‘Most Inspirational Speaker’ category and also nominated in the ‘Above and Beyond’, ‘Most Inspirational Speaker’ and Best Support categories personal / academic learning “.

One of Morag’s students commented: “Morag has been remarkable in supporting our group. I felt that by being a part of Morag’s class, I gained so much experience, made friends, and managed to complete my studies in a difficult time. It was all due to his support, professionalism, dedication and incredibly positive attitude. Nothing was ever too much for her all through

Classes!”

Another added: “So positive; a ray of sunshine and she knows her stuff. She is so supportive and always available. She had a dark time (Covid 19) ok.

Charles MacCrimmon, Computer Speaker – Highly Recommended in the “Most Inspirational Speaker” category and nominated in the Most Engaging Online Speaker category.

One of Charles’s students commented: “The time he’s taken outside classes to help me really understand concepts and theories is way ahead of anyone I’ve had experience with. experience of being taught. “

Another added: “It always tries to promote interaction and discussion within its modules, which creates a great learning environment and also helps students get to know each other (especially important when learning at a distance) that we have had this year). “

Alaina Wood – highly recommended in the “Best Class Representative” category. Another student commented “Alaina has juggled a full time job, children and her own learning and still has time to support the rest of the class. She called other students in her free time to explain things to them and make sure they were successful in their studies as well, even when she tried to meet her own deadlines.

The full list of winners and highly recommended people across all categories can be found here.


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