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Dudley College of Technology Lecturer Honoured in UK Celebration of Teaching

Dudley College of Technology Lecturer Honoured in UK Celebration of Teaching

Dudley College of Technology’s Photography Lecturer Phil Brooks has been honoured with a Silver Award for the FE Lecturer of the Year. Selected from thousands of nominations, Phil is now in the running to win the highly prestigious Pearson National FE Teacher of the Year. This ceremony, entitled ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’ will be broadcast on the BBC later in the year.  

This award is a recognition not just of the excellent classroom teaching Phil delivers to his students but also the wider contribution Phil makes to college life and to the local community.

Phil joined Dudley College in 2012 and has become one of its best loved tutors for the passion for his subject which he communicates to his students. Phil regularly organizes extra curriculum activities and frequently gives up his own time to organise student visits; including photography assignments globally to locations as diverse as Auschwitz, Iceland and India.

Phil works hard to enable students to work on live commercial projects with other local colleges and employers and in recent years his students have produced photographic work for business including Handelsbanken UK and Dudley Zoo.  

Phil’s learners are the beneficiaries of not only high grades, but international exchange visits and work placements, charity projects, industry-leading speakers and a raft of learner residentials.  

Using photography to support charity is a particular interest of Phil’s and under his watchful eye students have produced work in support of World Aids Day, Headway and Drug Awareness campaigns.

One of his most ambitious projects was to produce a Black Country Cook book which has sold hundreds of copies to raise funds for Dudley Mayor’s charities. He also leads on the regional ‘Living Memory’ project to promote Black Country art and history.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “My warmest congratulations go to all these year’s Silver Award winners. They should be proud to receive this recognition of their commitment to the profession, and the outstanding education and guidance they provide for their students.” 

One of Phil’s students, who successfully completed his studies in July 2020, said “Phil, you have changed my life for the better. Honestly the best teacher I’ve ever had”. 

Commenting on the award Dudley College Chief Executive and Principal Neil Thomas said: “I am delighted to make the presentation on behalf of Pearson the awards sponsors as Phil is a well-deserving recipient. His enthusiasm for his subject is communicated daily to the learner’s he works with and his boundless energy means he is always on hand to support them to achieve their best.  Our fingers are crossed for him as he goes forward into the national finals” 

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.