SCME Lecturer shortlisted for Sue Ryder Woman of the Year

Dr Tabarak Ballal and daughterDr Tabarak Ballal (pictuerd with her daughter) was recently shortlisted as Teacher of the Year under the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement award, for her extensive work within the school.

Nominated by Third year student Adam Rossington, Dr Ballal is known for her ongoing support for SCME students and for her outreach work with local schools.

Adam says "Dr Ballal has shown tremendous dedication and passion in devising and supporting a student project in Cheesay, Gambia, in association with the charity Football Gambia. Dr Ballal is also a member of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) and is in my eyes an inspirational woman in Construction."

Ian Stapleton, business development manager and founder of Football Gambia, added: "This is the first project of its kind in the area. Students' enthusiasm and desire to deliver a range of possibilities in design has been very refreshing. As a result Cheesay will have new utilities designed to a high standard, using the latest sustainable technologies."

Professor Stuart Green, Head of School, emphasised Dr Ballal's success as a role model, "We are fortunate to have the benefit of Dr Tabarak Ballal's leadership within the School of Construction Management and Engineering. We are committed to the principle of student engagement in curriculum development, an area which Dr Ballal has consistently championed. The construction sector undoubtedly needs to attract more women into professional careers and Dr Ballal is an excellent role model. "

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