26 April 2016

An engineering lecturer from Northampton College who has helped develop careers in the motorsport industry for several of his students has been shortlisted for a top national award.

Neil Tobin, who has worked in teaching for 10 years, is among the finalists for the coveted ‘Lecturer of the Year’ award, organised by Pearson.

He has played a leading role in securing work placements and apprenticeships for students at major local employers such as Mercedes AMG and Cosworth and also helped a number of students move on to full degree courses at university.

Mr Tobin was put forward for the award by Assistant Principal Victoria Cornwell-Lyon, who said:

“Neil is a dedicated, passionate and extremely talented teacher who works tirelessly to support his students in achieving the very best they can during their time at college.

“He enthuses, motivates and inspires them. As a result, their outcomes are outstanding and they all make excellent progress relative to their individual targets. Several of his students have commented on the fact that he is ‘the best teacher’ they have ever had; and is a source of inspiration for students and colleagues alike.”

All of Mr Tobin’s courses have a virtual learning environment (VLE) with interactive resources, formative assessments and a facility for students to upload their assessments.

He has won praise for the ‘inspirational impact’ he has on engineering students so that they aspire to becoming future industry technicians and innovators.

Student feedback indicates that he gives them an opportunity to shine and show their true colours. He makes it his business to get to know each student personally including their hobbies and interests so that he can work with each one individually to maximise their potential.

Students say that Neil’s expert knowledge in the subject and his hard work in supporting students to reach the next level are outstanding.

Mr Tobin said:

“It’s a huge honour to have been nominated for this award and I’m very grateful for the chance to represent the department and Northampton College on the national stage. It’s a team effort and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a fantastic group of staff and students I have around me. ”

The awards will take place later this year.