A Pembrokeshire College lecturer was recently recognised at this year’s Radio Pembrokeshire Local Hero Awards.
Military Preparation lecturer Andrew Desborough was nominated for the award by student Caitlin Pratty who wrote a heartfelt submission on behalf of the Level 1 Military Preparation group.
In her nomination, Caitlin described Andrew as a committed, dedicated and inspiring lecturer whose sacrifices don’t go unnoticed. She added: “He is the most understanding teacher there is and we are grateful that he is ours. He needs to be recognised for his greatness… his efforts in teaching are outstanding. He is my role model, he has made such a positive impact on my life and on behalf of myself and the whole class… we can’t thank him enough”.
Having worked at the College for 16 years, Andrew has supported over 350 students to progress into varied careers within the Military. The rapport that Andrew builds with his students has led to the development of a ‘military family’ with students returning to the College year-after-year to update Andrew on their progress and to inspire the next generation of military personnel.
At the awards evening held at Wolfscastle Hotel on February 13th, as well as Andrew receiving his award, his students were also invited to a complimentary fun day by award sponsors Oakwood Theme Park.
Following the award ceremony Andrew commented: “I was shocked, but absolutely delighted to have been nominated and ultimately selected for this award.
“To be recognised by learners is probably the ultimate accolade and I was thrilled to hear their very touching comments. It’s been an absolute honour to have been at the helm of our College’s Military Preparation Course for over 16 years and to have played a part in shaping so many learners’ futures, hopefully for the better.”
He continued: “Keeping in touch with so many former students is a real privilege and to hear of their endeavours, achievements and worldwide postings is very humbling. I truly believe that the military is one big ‘family’ and the sense of belonging is a real draw for many of our learners. The collective support provided to the course by this ‘family’ has been hugely appreciated, as has the support from the College. To think that we’ve played our part in the defence of our country and humanitarian work across the globe is wonderful.”