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Revealed: winners of the Bell Quality Awards 2009!

The Bell Educational Trust has today announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Bell Quality Awards at an awards ceremony, hosted by Ron White, Chair of the Bell Academic Board. Attended by representatives from Bell’s 38 teaching centres in 16 countries, the ceremony formed part of a live web conference which also provided delegates with an update on Bell’s global strategy along with a demonstration of the newly re-launched group website.

The 2009 awards attracted a record number of entrants which were pared down to a final shortlist of 12. Overall, the judges – made up of members of the Bell Academic Board – awarded four highly commended and four overall winners, in the following categories:

Teaching & Learning

  • ‘The Bell Online Delta’ from Bell Bedgebury Language Centre (Winner)
  • ‘The KSU Times’ from the Bell Preparatory Year Programme at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia (Highly Commended)

Development

  • ‘TELL@Bell staff professional development programme’ from Bell International Institute, London (Winner)

Sales & Marketing

  • ‘New website launch’ from Bell Amman (Winner)
  • 'Facebook campaign’ from Bell Vietnam (Highly Commended) 

Projects

  • ‘The Adventures of Emil the Pigeon’ from Bell Prague (Winner)
  • ‘Lippy and Messy PlaNet’ from Bell Krakow (Highly Commended)

Commenting on the entries, Ron White said: “This year not only saw a record number of entrants but, without doubt, the highest quality of entries since the awards began. It was particularly pleasing to see such a broad range of entries from both well established and new Bell centres right around the world. It’s always hard to select winners from such a strong field, but the judges unanimously felt that the four who went on to triumph all demonstrated exceptionally high levels of innovation combined with flawless execution. Importantly, too, each of the eventual winners were able to demonstrate a high level of supporting evidence to show how their entries had not only achieved but substantially exceeded their initial objectives, whether academic, commercial or both.”

Speaking about the awards themselves, Bell's Director of Sales & Marketing, Will Kinsman, added: “Bell enjoys a global reputation for innovation, academic excellence and service delivery and as our network of teaching centres continues to grow the Quality Awards are a great showcase for individual projects and initiatives taking place around the world and a great opportunity to recognise and reward excellence throughout the Bell network.” 

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Notes to Editors

About Bell

Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.

About the Quality Awards

Launched in 2007, the Bell Quality Awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence and innovation across Bell’s global network of teaching centres. Entry is open to any Bell centre around the world and the awards are judged by the Bell Academic Board, which comprises a combination of Bell senior staff, Governors and external academics and provides an oversight function to ensure academic integrity and standards across the Bell Educational Trust.

About the categories

  • Teaching & Learning - recognises excellence in teaching and learning, either through the outstanding achievement of academic goals or an outstanding academic record
  • Development - recognises special achievement in institutional, staff, product, or systems development that is aligned to the strategic development of the Bell group
  • Sales & Marketing - recognises outstanding achievement in sales and marketing
  • Projects  - recognises outstanding projects that stand alone in their own right and do not fall into any of the above categories

 

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