It has been a very, very long time since I blogged here and I am royally ashamed of this. I just let things get in the way and stopped taking time to sit down and actively share. Today, however, something happened which gave me a bit of a jolt and reminded me that a small gesture can make a big difference and I just want to take the chance to say thank you to that person.

Today I received a badge in the university’s internal mail. It doesn’t sound like much, but this little badge to me, is the equivalent of a Blue Peter badge, but for work. Today I found out that a student had taken the time to email into the student’s union and nominate me for a teaching award. It is a small thing, and to most folk, students and staff alike, it probably feels too small and like it won’t make much difference. I want to just take a moment to correct that thought and tell you that it does. It makes a HUGE difference.

The fact that someone thought the work I do is important enough that it made a difference to them. That I somehow helped them in their studies the way people have helped me, feels amazing and is exactly why I do this job.

I am proudly wearing my badge and showing it to everyone I can stop for 20 seconds. So to whoever that student is, thank you. I really appreciate the time and effort you made to write in and explain why you think I deserved recognition.