Arbroath lecturer dazzles at academic awards

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A lecturer from Arbroath has scooped a prestigious prize at a national education and training awards ceremony.

Susan Ettershank, a lecturer at Dundee and Angus College, has been named Appointee of the Year the 2014 Scottish Qualifications Authority Star Awards.

The SQA Star Awards, now in their eighth year, are unique in recognising the achievements of the candidates working towards SQA qualifications as well as the individuals and centres – the schools, colleges, training providers and employers – who enable candidates to realise their potential.

Susan has over 30 years’ experience teaching a range of Human Resources, Communication and Social Science subjects from Intermediate 1 level right through to HND, but it is her commitment to delivering and supporting SQA’s Psychology Higher that impressed the judges most.

Not only has Susan been highly involved in the development of the Higher, she has played an important role in how the qualification is assessed. She has spent a significant amount of her own time to ensure the professional development other teachers, while securing excellent pass rates among her students.

The ceremony saw finalists from as far afield as the Western Isles and East Lothian make their way to Glasgow Clyde College’s Anniesland Campus.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “The SQA Star Awards give us an opportunity to recognise our learners’ outstanding achievements but equally acknowledge the people at the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who support those learners every day for their commitment, dedication, innovation and enthusiasm.

“Without their continuing contribution, guidance, and encouragement, these success stories simply would not happen.

“I congratulate all the winners and those who were highly commended and look forward to hearing about their continuing success in the future.”

The SQA Star Awards were hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams. The ceremony was supported by a number of sponsors, including Education Scotland, the SCQF Partnership and Skills Development Scotland.