We won a Coventry Awards!

Developing the Personal Tutoring Programme has been at time difficult, arduous, exciting and enlightening . Yet soon, I will be leaving the Personal Tutoring path for pastures new and the Coventry Awards last night was the best way to bring an end to my Coventry University London/Personal Tutoring journey.

I am delighted to share that the dedication and hard work of my team, and wider department, led us to win the Coventry Awards for Student Support Initiative of the Year.

In October 2017, whilst managing the enrolment event, I had two short weeks to develop the Personal Tutoring programme single-handedly (albeit with guidance and support from the Head of Student Engagement).

My team, department and I have come so far since those two stressful weeks and created a holistic service, which offer guidance, support and skills development to our diverse cohort. Within a 2.5 member team, we have been able to succeed using the bare minimum, from developing a full inter-relational database using SharePoint to a range of face-to-face and online, engaging, active and interesting study and pastoral skills workshops.

The pride I feel in my team is overwhelming and to seeing our efforts recognised in the annual Coventry Awards was fantastic.

For our original nominations, check out our Sways here and here.

A small library of photos from the night can also be found below:

I won a Coventry.Domains award!

A good few weeks ago, I received an email with the following:

I am pleased to let you know that we would like to give you one of the Coventry.domains Awards in recognition for your inspiring practice, in particular through the sharing of reflections on your engagement with the PgCert through your website http://jodiecalleja.coventry.domains/

My first reaction: well this is some interesting spam mail. So what did I do? Of course I search check the recipitent had an internal account, then I double-checked their details on the DMLL website. 

How very embarressing to admit, but I had no idea these awards even occured let alone I had been shortlisted!

So my next reaction: speechless! Why me? I didn’t think what I’ve been doing is all that special!

I agreed to a few of the dates offered to collect the award and offer a presentation. 

At this point, I didn’t even know what to present on or how! So, I began collecting ideas on how to show off my Coventry.Domains skills, as well as my love for using new tech, which I use to promote student engagement. 

Just to seem a little more self-loving right now, here’s a couple of snaps of the day!

The DMLL Grass Space – I got there early so took a photo of the cool grassed area, where the awards took place.
My certificate and snazzy DMLL mug
Selfie opportunity and my new LinkedIn Photo 🙂

Thank you so much the DMLL team for recognising my work and classing ME as an inspiration *swoon*. 

On a serious note, I was so overwhelmed with this award that I began considering what I gain from blogging and I have decided to begin my own personal little blog. I won’t release too much, as I’d like to keep my blog anonymous until I am comfortable in what I’m posting. Honestly, my confidence has really been boosted from this (and I promise not to get a big head).