The New Jim Bradley Award

May 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Further information

Message from a Member: The awards and celebration of success night went really well for the Access class, and they were delighted with their awards. 12 students won £100 vouchers from the John Smith Bookshop on campus, which was very generous of them. The manager, Chris Mylles, and assistant manager, Fiona McMillan, were in attendance. The John Smith bookshop has been supporting the Access programme for over a decade and their commitment to widening access is commendable and very much appreciated.

Then there was the inaugural Jim Bradley awards, and three students in each of the three streams – Melinda Clark (Social Science), Emma Jayne McDonnell (Nursing), and Luigi Cristofaro (Science), won the awards for outstanding achievement in the Access programme as well as support for their fellow students on the Access programme. Jim Bradley’s family – Yvonne, wife, and daughters, Jane, Jennifer, and Hannah, as well as granddaughter, Rebecca, were present, and handed over the awards. Katie, one of Jim’s daughters could not make it.

Ralph Catts, Kevin Brosnan and I all said some words about Jim, what he was like, his commitment to his students and to widening access, and his devotion to both the Union and to the Access and TQFE programmes. Yvonne and daughters composed some words on Jim, which I read out. These are copied below. Ralph came all the way from Hull to be here, which was so appreciated. In the end, Yvonne and daughters, although they loved the ceremony and appreciated the invite to attend, felt too emotional to join us for dinner. But, Ralph, Shumela Ahmed, and partner, Ross, and my partner, Terry, and I had dinner at the Stirling Court hotel afterwards and reminisced about Jim and his incredible contributions to the trade union movement and to his students, many of whom he supported to the hilt as they struggled against the system. It was a wonderful evening all round.

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