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Graduate teacher nominated for prestigious award

21 June 2005

A recent graduate from Canterbury Christ Church University College is in the running for a prestigious teaching award.

Mary Edwards, 22, from Whitstable, has made the finals of the South East Teaching Awards 2005.  Mary is a finalist in the Teacher Training Agency Award for outstanding new teacher in a primary school.

Mary, who has taught at Whitstable Junior School since September 2003, said she was shocked but delighted to reach the finals. The school is her first teaching post since leaving Canterbury Christ Church.

Mary said: “I would like to thank Canterbury Christ Church. The institution really prepared me for teaching in the real world and the skills that I picked up from the teacher training programme was a contributory factor to my success. The school has also been really supportive and I love teaching simply because I love being with children.”

Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards Trust, David Hanson, said: “The winners are ordinary people doing extraordinary jobs day in and day out.  The Teaching Awards offer everyone the unique opportunity to thank those unsung heroes of teaching who make a real difference to pupils’ lives.”

If you would like to interview or photograph Mary Edwards please contact Canterbury Christ Church University College’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Robinson, on 01227 782391 or email



Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University College is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for public services – notably teacher training, policing and health and social care. The University College is also a significant provider of programmes in a wide range of academic areas within its Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Business and Sciences. 

In the most recent survey of UK higher education institutions, the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), placed Canterbury Christ Church joint fourteenth for student employability and 35th for average graduate earnings out of 162 institutions.  Fifteen of Canterbury Christ Church’s subjects have recently been rated to the equivalent of ‘excellent’ by external assessors of teaching and learning.

From a small independent College of less than five hundred students – all training to be school teachers – in the 1960s, we have grown to 14,000 students and 1,000 staff members with campuses in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Broadstairs and Chatham.  Our teaching and learning facility for health, education and policing students at Chatham is part of the Universities At Medway Project in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College.

As an outward looking University College and a Church of England foundation, our mission is to provide excellent academic and professional education underpinned by research, scholarship and creative work and by Christian principles and values.


For media enquiries:

Claire Robinson
01227 782391