An ‘inspirational’ lecturer based at the Cupar campus of Scotland’s Rural College has been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Vicki Munro, who leads the hospitality programme at Elmwood, received an SRUC Excellence in Teaching award at a graduation ceremony held in Glasgow for HNC and HND students.
A total of 30 students from the Elmwood campus graduated in subjects including professional cookery, professional golf, golf course management, animal care, sports coaching, countryside management, equine studies and horticulture.
The hospitality programme at Elmwood trains students in all aspects of the catering and hospitality sectors, from front of house responsibilities to the skills required in top restaurant kitchens.
In announcing Vicki’s award, Professor David McKenzie, SRUC vice-principal of education, said: “Vicki utilises her industry links to arrange guest speakers, visits, work experience and commercial activities for her students, something they recognise as very valuable.
“In the past year, she has also been actively involved helping colleagues in SRUC food and drink team with a number of consultancy projects involving product development. She has used these projects as valuable case studies for her students.
“Vicki is a real inspiration to students,” he continued.
“She is passionate about her work and goes above and beyond to give students the best learning experience possible. Together, these factors most definitely justify ‘Excellence in Teaching’.”
Over the last year, with Vicki’s encouragement, her students have reached the national finals of four hospitality competitions, including the UK Skills for Chefs award. The highlight was when she and her SRUC team were winners of the national Catering in Scotland, Excellence in Hospitality Education Award.
Vicki said: “I am overwhelmed and delighted to have received this award, I really did not expect it. It is all the more special because I was nominated by the students themselves.”