ATL and AMiE rep awards 2013
Does your rep stand out? Maybe they have led a campaign to improve conditions in your workplace? Perhaps they have encouraged student and newly-qualified members to get involved? Or helped build membership in your school or college?
After the amazing response to last year's rep awards, we are now looking for nominations for our third annual rep awards and want you to nominate individuals who you feel deserve recognition for what they have achieved for you or your colleagues over the last year.
Use these links to the nomination forms for an ATL rep or an AMiE rep – please ensure you use the correct nomination form. The information you supply will be used to judge the awards so you will need to provide an example of how they have made a difference to you or your colleagues.
The closing date for nominations is Monday 21 January 2013.
The categories are:
- outstanding workplace rep
- outstanding ATL Future activist (works closely with student and NQ members)
- outstanding health & safety rep
- outstanding union learning rep (ULR)
- outstanding leadership rep (AMiE).
The criteria for each category are:
Outstanding workplace rep
An outstanding workplace rep should:
- use ATL materials to keep an attractive, informative and regularly updated notice board
- welcome potential members and actively and successfully recruit into ATL membership new staff
- hold meetings and/or share ATL information with members
- support members with their issues and concerns.
Outstanding ATL Future activist (works closely with student and NQ members)
An outstanding ATL Future activist should:
- raise the ATL profile and share information with members
- participate in/organise local activity and events for student and NQ members
- welcome potential members and recruit them to ATL membership
- support members and signpost them to help when they need it.
Outstanding health & safety rep
An outstanding health and safety rep should:
- share information and resources with members regarding H&S issues and concerns
- raise the profile of ATL H&S campaigns in your workplace
- raise H&S matters with potential members
- represent the interests of members (and other staff where the ATL H&S Rep covers non members) and deal with their concerns
- make your workplace a healthy and safer place to work.
Outstanding union learning rep (ULR)
An outstanding union learning rep should:
- share information with members regarding ATL CPD and learning opportunities
- work with members on learning surveys or to ascertain their CPD needs
- speak with potential members and recruit new members
- organise learning events and learning activities for members.
Outstanding leadership rep (AMiE)
An outstanding leadership rep should:
- share information with members and feedback issues to the AMiE regional officer or to head office as appropriate
- raise the profile of AMiE within the workplace
- represent AMiE members at meetings with the employer
- successfully recruit members into AMiE.
The 2013 rep awards are sponsored by our ATL plus partners – HF Holidays and AVIVA – who are kindly donating £350 holiday vouchers* and £40 cash to each of the rep award winners. Winners will be invited to attend ATL's annual conference dinner in Liverpool on the evening of Tuesday 26 March (all expenses paid). All winners will be notified after the closing date.
If there's no rep or contact in your workplace, why don't you consider getting involved: contact the organising team for more information.
*The vouchers are to be used for a 2-night weekend break for two in a UK country house.
Rep awards 2012
The winners of the ATL Rep Awards 2012 were finally selected for the contribution they make and the support they give their colleagues, going well above and beyond the call of duty. They were presented with their awards at a special ceremony at ATL Conference in Manchester on 4 April 2012.
The winners were:
Outstanding Workplace Rep Award
Katy Ryder, Richmond upon Thames College.
Outstanding Union Learning Rep (ULR) Award
Geoff Rudge, ULR Rep for the Solihul Branch ATL.
Outstanding Health & Safety Rep Award
Keith Buncle, South Bromsgrove High School.
Joint winners of the ATL Future Activist Award
Paul Campbell, final year BEd student, University of Strathclyde and member of ATL Future group and Caroline Gray, PGCE student, University of Worcester and member of ATL Future group.
Outstanding AMiE rep of the year
Michelle McCaughley, head of corporate communications and marketing at Belfast Community College.
You can find out more about the winners in a special feature in April's Report magazine.
Special mentions go to…
As the quality of nominations was so high, the committee also made the following commendations:
Highly Commended Outstanding Workplace Reps:
Peter Keeffe, Leicester
Sara Bassett, Bristol
Paul Wikeley, Wiltshire
Alvin Wood, West Yorkshire
David Wiles, Bedfordshire
Rick Raumann, Dorset
Highly Commended ATL Future Activist:
Patrick Ryan, Wolverhampton
Highly Commended H&S Reps:
Patrick Ryan, Wolverhampton
Gary Fletcher, Blackpool
Highly commended ULRs:
Susan Coates, County Durham
Carole Horstead, London.
Congratulations to the winners and those who were highly commended, and thanks to all of you who nominated colleagues. We really do have some fantastic reps and we hope that these awards in some small way acknowledge and celebrate all that you do for ATL. If you'd like to talk to someone about becoming a rep in your workplace, please contact ATL's organising team or see ATL's Get active pages.