Nominations open for Morley Fellowships and Awards

From 19 January until 27 March 2023, nominations are open for Morley’s annual Awards and Fellowships scheme.

The scheme is designed both to celebrate the achievements of members of the wider Morley family, and to recognise individuals who share our values and aspirations, and reflect the diversity of our community.

Nominations can be made by Morley College London Governors, Staff, Students, Fellows and former Award Recipients. Successful nominees will be announced in June, and presented at the College’s annual Awards Day in July.

Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have been members of the college community as students, members of staff or governors, and recognises an outstanding contribution to any or all of the following:

  • the life of the college;
  • the college’s mission of empowering individuals and strengthening communities through adult education;
  • how, during their time at Morley, they upheld and promoted the college’s values;
  • how, through their public profile and/or professional engagement, they have continued to promote Morley’s mission, vision and values.

Awards are presented in two categories – Learning for Life, and Inspire Ambition – and acknowledge a moment in time, recognising achievement (particularly when associated with current or potential future contribution) by:

  • someone who through their life and work has inspired others to learn for life;
  • someone who embodies the transformative power of education and recognises the role of education in supporting their success;
  • a high-profile champion of education and learning;
  • a subject specialist who has furthered or is furthering knowledge, understanding and creative practice;
  • someone who has influenced or is influencing public policy in ways that may lead to increased participation in learning; or
  • someone from outside the Morley community who has made a significant commitment and contribution to the life and work of the college.

To find out more, and – if eligible – to make a nomination, please go to this page.

2022 Roll of Honour

In summer 2022, on behalf of the Governing Body of Morley College London, Chair of Governors Leisha Fullick appointed two Fellows and gave an Inspire Ambition Award:

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Erika Winstone, Fellow of Morley College London

Erika Winstone was a member of staff in the Fine Art team working across both our Chelsea and Waterloo Centres. She began her service for the college on 1st September 1982, so was celebrating 40 years of leading courses at Morley in 2022.

Erika was instrumental in developing the Higher Education area within Fine Art from Pre-Degree to our current HNC/HND/BA (Hons) structure, providing course guidance alongside her practice based expertise.

Throughout her career, Erika developed new and exciting experiences for students, and in 2022 developed a new collaboration between Morley’s Fine Art students and students of the English National Ballet School.

Erika’s passion and dedication has enabled students to progress to amazing courses in prestigious institutions, including last year’s graduate Hannah Uzor, was awarded the first Milein Cosman Scholarship for Drawing at the Slade School of Fine Art. Student journeys like Hannah’s are only possible through the input they receive from supportive, expert tutors such as Erika.

In presenting the Fellowship, Chair of Governors Leisha Fullick said: “Erika is a passionate and dedicated member of the team and I am delighted to be able to recognise this by awarding a Fellowship.”

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Pauline Egan, Fellow of Morley College London

Pauline served as a Morley Governor for eight years, most recently as Vice-Chair, making an outstanding contribution to the work of the Board.

Anchored by a deep, practical understanding of the College’s mission, Pauline provided valued strategic leadership, drawing on extensive corporate experience, to make substantial contributions within college committees, notably as a member of the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

As Vice-Chair of Governors, working closely with the Chair, Pauline played a significant role in considering, scrutinising and ultimately seeing through the merger with Kensington and Chelsea College, with unstinting commitment to delivering long-term impact for the students and communities the enlarged college now seeks to serve.

Post-merger, Pauline devoted additional time and expertise in establishing the Senior Leadership Team, and also in providing highly effective support and challenge on Marketing Strategy.

In presenting the Fellowship, Chair of Governors Leisha Fullick said: “In the fullest sense, through college governance, Pauline has advanced our Mission, Vision and Values, and is a worthy recipient of a Morley Fellowship.”

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Alison Buchanan, recipient of the Morley College London Inspire Ambition Award

Alison Buchanan is the Artistic Director of Brixton-based Pegasus Opera Company and is the only Black British female Artistic Director of an opera company in the UK. The company is dedicated to diversity in its field; mirroring one of Morley’s underpinning values and cross-cutting themes.

Alison is an internationally renowned soprano who has performed extensively around the world collaborating with a host of distinguished musicians and artistes. Prior to her post as the Artistic Director, Alison was the Assistant Artistic Director for Pegasus Opera Company since its inception in 1992 with long-time friend and founding Artistic Director, Lloyd Newton.

Colleagues at the Chelsea Centre worked with Pegasus Opera to develop costumes for a live brief around Windrush opera.

In presenting the Award, Chair of Governors Leisha Fullick said: “This Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the policy, practice, delivery and impact of lifelong learning. As such, I am delighted to recognise Alison on behalf of the governors of Morley College London.”