National Education Award
given to Southport's Monira Ahmed
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
careers adviser has won a 'British Muslim Award' for her service
to education. Monira Ahmed beat off stiff competition from research
professors and high profile academics from across the United Kingdom to claim
the prestigious prize.
The part time careers and graduate employability adviser, from Southport,
Merseyside, attended the ceremony in Leicester on Wednesday, night, said:-
"I was so honoured and very proud to have made the shortlist of 10 alongside
some very high profile academics so I didn't think I'd have a chance of winning
it. Being a finalist was such an amazing achievement so to be named the winner
was wonderful. The announcer didn't read the winning name straightaway but
started talking about the person's career. As soon as they mentioned careers
adviser I knew it was me so I turned to my dad and said 'I've won, that's me
they're talking about.' It was an absolutely wonderful feeling and then my main
concern was then walking to the stage in killer heels and a long dress!"
The 39 year old, from worked in higher education for nearly 20 years and has
spent the past 5 years at UCLan's Campus in Preston.
Monira, who also writes a careers blog, said:- "When I was a student at
university I was listening to a talk about the challenges which British Muslims
face in education and employment. That talk was the catalyst and it paved the
way for my future because I knew from that moment on I wanted to help people,
particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, with their ambitions and goals."
The Services to Education Award 2017, which was sponsored by Qatar Charity UK,
is not the 1st award for Monira. In 2016 she scooped the national Careers
Champion award as well!
Free online skills session being held in Southport for people with sight loss
A free online basic skills session is being held in
Southport, on 8 February 2017, to help blind and partially sighted people get
online and take their 1st steps in using technology.
Sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has been
holding workshops across the UK to support people living with sensory loss in
getting online as part of its ambitious Online Today project.
Partner organisation Action for Blind People will be holding the workshop, at
Galloways Society for the Blind, 22 Wright Street, Southport, PR9 0TL. The
session will take place, on Wednesday, 8 February 2017, between 2.30pm and
The session will be hands on, including interactive demonstrations of how to get
the most from products such as tablets, smartphones and eReaders.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, RNIB's Online Today project aims to help
125,000 people living with sensory loss to get online, enabling them to use the
internet for everyday tasks such as shopping, banking and staying in touch with
friends and family.
Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Coordinator at Action for Blind People,
said:- "Access to the internet and technology can open up a whole new
world for people, but knowing where to start isn't always easy if you've got
sight or hearing problems. Our Online Today sessions are the perfect
introduction, providing the basic skills and confidence to get online and
explore all that is on offer. If you're living with sight loss and are keen to
take your 1st steps in using technology, sign up for the session, on 8 February
2017, and find out the difference getting online could make to you."
To find out more and to book your place at the Southport session, please call
Galloways Society for the Blind on:- 01704 534 555. You can also learn
more about Online Today, by visiting:-
Liverpool Teacher awarded
for Outstanding Achievements
A local teacher for her outstanding contributions to
Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes last term has been recognised by Hays
Education, the leading recruiting experts for her:- "Outstanding
achievements in Teaching." Anita Stephens was awarded the
'Outstanding Teacher of the Term' award in recognition of her work as a
hugely dedicated teacher. During her time at Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Anita
built up excellent relationships with staff and students delivering insightful
lessons across the Business Studies department. Upon receiving the award, Anita
said:- "I'm delighted with the award and the Academy is a fantastic place
Kathryn Evans, Deputy Head teacher at Ormiston Chadwick Academy, said:-
"Anita has been an outstanding teacher and has made a real difference to the
School. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has contributed
immensely to the department."
Graeme Lovelady, Business Director at Hays Education said:- "We are
pleased to be able to recognise the vital role that our excellent supply
teachers play in schools across Halton. Teachers like Anita show how much of an
impact supply teachers can have on a school and its pupils, we extend our
congratulations to Anita on her award."
Hays Education has been running the awards for several years, recognising the
continued hard work and dedication of temp teachers. For further information on
local recruitment opportunities please visit:-
Ryanair new Milan Malpensa route has been launch
LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is celebrating its
1st new route announcement, that Ryanair will be adding flights from Liverpool
to Milan Malpensa, at the start of their Winter 2017/18 flying programme.
Flights are due to commence in October 2017 and will operate 3 times weekly as
part of Ryanair's Winter 2017/18 schedule which will go on sale soon.
Paul Winfield, LJLA's Director of Air Service Development
commented:- "It's great to be able to celebrate our 1st new route
announcement of the year so early into 2017 and for another airport in Italy! We
expect this flight to Milan Malpensa to prove popular with the region's
travellers looking to travel to this part of Italy and also look forward to
welcoming visitors to the Liverpool City Region from Italy on this service too."
Ryanair's Robin Kiely said:- "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route
from Liverpool to Milan Malpensa, with a 3 times, weekly service, starting in
October, as part of our Liverpool winter 2017 service, which will be launched
soon. Liverpool customers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares when
they make advance bookings for their summer or winter holidays, so there's never
been a better time to book low fare flight to or from Liverpool."
Tower Road closed this weekend for
emergency bridge repairs
EMERGENCY repair works to the 'A' Bridge on
the A554 Tower Road between Birkenhead and Wallasey means the route will be
closed to traffic. The road will be closed between the 12 Quays Ferry Terminal
and the Dock Road/Birkenhead Road Junction, on the Wallasey side of the bridge,
from 8am, Saturday, 28 January 2017. It will reopen from around 6pm, on 29
Sunday 2017. The usual diversion route; via Rendel Street, Cleveland
Street, Duke Street, Dock Road and vice versa; will be in place and will be
clearly signed using temporary traffic signs and the electronic variable
messaging system. Pedestrian access will be maintained across the bridge
at all times while the works take place, as will access to the Ferry Terminal,
from the Birkenhead side of Tower Road. The work is to repair the nosing plate,
which links the bridge deck to the quayside. If allowed to deteriorate further,
it could completely fail in the near future which would result in a much larger
repair and a longer period of closure. The decision to carry this work out
this weekend is to minimise the disruption to those travelling to and from work
or education, particularly given the works that are already taking place on the
local rail network. The Council has recently confirmed that work will start in
March to replace the 'A' Bridge and the 'C' Bridge
permanently to address long standing maintenance issues with these outdated