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Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor English Lecturer Scoops Top National Award

A Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor A-level tutor has won a national award for her tireless work in helping students progress on to university and higher education.

Wendy Hinchey, English A-level tutor at the college’s Pwllheli and Dolgellau campuses, was awarded the prize from the University of South Wales (USW). Wendy won the ‘Supporting Progression to Higher Education’ category at an event held at the university’s Treforest campus.

Wendy received £500 towards continuing professional development and/or staff well-being initiatives.

Sera Evans, USW’s head of UK student recruitment, said: “We had a fantastic response to the awards: 93 nominations across the four categories, from 13 different institutions. The submissions for the awards show that we have some truly inspiring people across Wales who are working tirelessly to help the next generation to achieve their full potential. It was difficult to pick winners in the categories, with little to choose between the nominees.

“Despite there being only one winner in each category, all the entrants were winners, and so are the pupils and students they support benefit every day from their commitment to excellence. We salute their hard work and dedication.”

Feedback from students from the Pwllheli and Dolgellau campuses who nominated Wendy for the award included: “Wendy supported each of us massively with our UCAS applications… We have all been given excellent support with our personal statements, filling out forms, mock interviews etc… Wendy felt it was important for us to gain an idea of the realities of university, and so brought a past student in to talk about their experiences at university, as well as providing us with tips on how to succeed with our coursework.”

The college wishes to congratulate Wendy on here stunning success, and wish her well in the coming academic year.