DJS Research’s VoicED Judges UK Blog Awards 2014
7th May 2014 14:09
We are very pleased to say that, on Friday April 25th, members of the VoicED team were invited to present the awards for the education category of this year’s UK Blog Awards. The night was hosted at the fantastic Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, a stone’s throw from the cathedral itself, and Elliot Simmonds and Alex McCluckie attended representing the VoicED Education market research community.
Along with Elliot, Panel Manager for VoicED, the education category was also judged by Julian Stanley, the Group CEO of Teacher Support Network and Recourse – two major charities which support teachers and education professionals in the work place.
The awards were made based on an initial public vote – more than 16,000 votes were cast on over 1,000 blogs in the space of a few weeks – which determined a short list. This list was then considered separately by both judges and the final decision was made based on their combined scores. Winners were chosen from both individual and organisational applicants.
The organisational winner in the education category was The Digital Marketing Blog from the University of Bedfordshire – a blog written and managed by the university’s Digital Marketing Manager, Paul Fryers. Paul attended on the night and collected his award on stage, and later stayed for a photograph with both judges (right).
Unfortunately, the individual award winner, David Didau of The Learning Spy blog, could not attend the event on the night (although his award will be forwarded on).
Speaking about the UK Blog Awards, Elliot had the following to say:
“The Blog Awards were fantastically organised throughout, and I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked to judge such a prestigious event. The sheer number of entries and the breadth of individuals and organisations involved is a testament to the value that blogging can have in both the education sector and in the wider economy.
I felt particularly strongly that DJS Research should be involved in this event through VoicED as giving teachers and education professionals, as well as the population more generally, an opportunity to express their opinions is what we do every day – so it made sense to support that idea in a different form. A huge congratulations to everyone who entered, those nominated and commended, and of course to David and Paul who were the winners in the education category.”
DJS Research Ltd is heavily involved in supporting the education sector, both through the VoicED Panel which allows education professionals an opportunity to voice their opinions, and through other initiatives such as school visits and outreach activities. Elliot will be attending the University of Manchester in early May to meet students and discuss their future career ambitions and routes in to them.