Published Tuesday, 21st June 2016 in Barony Campus news
The award of an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list to Tom Karas, lecturer at SRUC's Barony Campus, has been warmly welcomed by students and colleagues across the organisation.
Tom, a popular member of the Forestry
department and also Senior Warden for residential students at SRUC Barony,
received his award for “Services to Rural Education in Scotland”.
Tom, Janet Swadling, Acting Chief Executive and Principal of SRUC commented:
is a richly deserved recognition of your work as a Lecturer in Forestry, and as
Senior Warden at our Barony Campus. It especially recognises the valuable
extra-curricular activities in which you are involved, and the way in which
this enhances the student experience. Well done!"
recent recognition of Tom’s contribution follows the internal SRUC Award he
received last year following a secret nomination by his students. They had
recommended him for the Sir Stephen Watson Award given to staff who contribute
over and above the normal expectations of their role and who deserve wider
recognition of their work. Tom only discovered what they had done when his name
was read out at the Barony Prize Giving.
Tom, who has
worked at Barony for 36 years, was described as “the epitome of a member of
staff who not only does his job well but someone who goes well beyond his ‘job
description’ for the benefit of others.”
leads a busy life as a lecturer committed to forestry while also acting as
Senior Warden. However the students thanked Tom for many more of his
activities, including organising the annual Barony cross-country run; the
Christmas Ceilidh; Burns Night Supper, Quiz Nights as well as driving the mini
bus for students wanting mid-week visits to Dumfries, to name but a few.
on his MBE Tom said:
“It is a
great honour to be recognised by your fellow staff, students and now in this
way. I don’t really feel like I have done anything out of the ordinary, I just
believe that I am doing my job, and it is a job that I thoroughly enjoy.
I have been overwhelmed by people congratulating me the last couple of days,
both close family and friends, and the wider Barony family”
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