Deputy head of engineering shortlisted for #BelieveinGlos Award

29 October 2015
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Gloucestershire College is thrilled to announce that its Deputy Head of Engineering and Lecturer, Hameed Okyere, has been shortlisted as Tutor of the Year in the 2015 Believe in Gloucester Awards.

A true inspiration to his students and peers, Hameed studied for his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Power Systems at the University of the West of England, before joining the GC family as an Engineering Lecturer in 2008. He’s been teaching at the College for seven years now and was recently promoted to Deputy Head of Engineering, after winning the 2015 Staff Award for Outstanding Service to Students.

This was the only GC Staff Award voted for by students and proves just how valued Hameed is by his students. In their own words, Hameed is  “all in all a great bloke”   and   “a legendary figure in academia”, and has helped many in achieving their dreams.

One example is 25-year-old Benjamin Daffurn from Stonehouse. He studied Hameed’s very first course, the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and thanks to his help and motivation, Benjamin recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Engineering at UWE and is now working at GE Aviation as a Power Hardware Engineer.

Hameed has been instrumental in supporting and promoting STEM, specifically engineering, in Gloucester and the wider area, to ensure its engineering sector continues to thrive and meet the growing skills demands. Most recently Hameed has been responsible for growing the College’s higher engineering provision, working with UWE to launch the first full engineering degree, which successfully launched in September with 16 students from blue-chip companies.

He was also awarded the Certificate of Supporting Engineering Higher Apprenticeships Leading to Graduate Engineer Status by GE Aviation earlier this year – a real accolade.

Hameed said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been nominated for the Believe in Gloucester Award. I’m passionate about encouraging young people to study for STEM occupations in order to create a new generation of engineers and make Gloucester a hub for engineering training.”

To find out more about Gloucestershire College’s wide range of Engineering courses visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/engineering or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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