Extra Day Off
As recognition of SWC achieving the IIP Silver Award all staff get an extra day off over the Christmas break.
* Term-time support staff finish on Monday 21st December 2016.
* All other support staff get an extra day on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
* Lecturing staff finish Tuesday 20th December 2016.
Christmas Pay Day
All staff will be paid early in December on Wednesday 21st December 2016.
SWC took part in the Care at Christmas
This Christmas the College are supporting Action for Children, Care @ Christmas campaign, gifts for children and adolescence aged 0-18 years. We have received approximately 400 toys to date for this very worthy cause. Thanks to everyone who contributed.!
Children’s Christmas Party
Dungannon Campus– Friday 16th December
Enniskillen Campus– Monday 19th December
Omagh Campus– Tuesday 20th December
The Health and Wellbeing programme provided a bus to Belfast Christmas Markets on Friday 2nd December from Enniskillen, Omagh & Dungannon campuses.
Thoughts for the New Year
Avoiding the Work Life Battle
Finding a compromise between work and life can feel like a constant battle. The two compete for your time and energy, fighting it out each week, with one coming out on top, only for the scoreboard to be reset when Monday morning comes around again. It often feels like a never-ending struggle of having to put one ahead of the other, sacrificing this to compensate for that. But do we really have to prioritise one or the other, or can they fit together in unison?
Read more at Way out West or watch the video below.
Teacher the Year & Master Practitioner Awards
Curriculum Conference on 4th November 2016 awards were presented to:-
Teacher of the Year – Claire Fiddaman (Technology Department)
Master Practitioner— Carmel McGeary (Health and Life Services Department)
Master Practitioner—Dermot McSorley (Training Department)
Master Practitioner—Rodney Topping (Business Services Department)
Staff Employment Awards
Cookstown Campus – Amanda Finch & Paul Cairns
Dungannon Campus – Anne O’Kane & Nessa Skeffington
Enniskillen Campus – Tom Corr
Omagh Campus – William Young
EVSP (Employee Supported Volunteer Programme)
Are you considering volunteering in 2017? Why not do it through our Employee Supported Volunteer Programme. More details to follow of dates etc.; in the new year.
Staff are being given the opportunity to get involved in both the Target project and Erasmus project. All staff have been e-mailed details and if interested you are asked to complete an Expression of Interest Form available from HR. This is an opportunity for staff to exchange and share knowledge with other universities.
Training Tops and Hoodies
O’Neill’s sportswear has agreed to sell the training tops on their website along with hoodies and jackets. Once they’re available on O’Neill’s website all staff will be giving the opportunity to purchase them. More details to follow.
Autism Awareness Training took place in Enniskillen Campus and mandatory Disability Awareness Training have also taken place. The latter will be rolled out in February and April in other campuses. At the Curriculum Conference on 4th November Gavin Boyd form the Rainbow Project delivered information sessions on aspects of LGBTQ Mental Health within the theme of a Healthy Learner.
Sadly Ian Hayes, founder member of the Good Relations Team (formerly the “A” Team) has passed away. Ian was very actively involved in raising awareness in the field of disability and in promoting inclusion at both regional and local levels. Over the years he was very influential in the promotion of tolerance and respect for all in the College community and has left an indelible mark on many aspects of College life.
During 2015/16 6 staff have went through the Certificate in Teaching, 10 staff through the PGCE (FE), there has been a number of Part time Lecturers supported through Teaching &Learning Workshops,15 staff through the Teaching Thinking Certificate, 20 staff through the Advanced Teaching Thinking Certificate, 36 Part Time Lecturers through the pilot Introduction to Thinking Skills, and a range of professional / curriculum specific development activities.
Health & Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing programme has been re-branded with a new logo and this was launched at the Curriculum Conference.