A PROJECT to develop the use of the web in staff development at Edge Hill College of Higher Education has received a boost.

Lindsey Martin, Learning Support Adviser/Learning Projects Co-ordinator at the Ormskirk institution, has won the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Staff Development Award for 2001.

The award is for a project Lindsey is working on to develop WebCT – a secure online learning environment – as a staff development tool in the Information and Media Services (IMS) department, particularly for staff inductions and as an information base. Lindsey has been working closely on this project with Coral Black, Support Services Manager in IMS.

Employees will be able to use a “virtual office” containing key IMS information, staff development and useful resources. This will benefit all IMS staff but it will particularly help employees working part time and on weekend contracts, as these people often find it difficult to get hold of information about training or attend staff development opportunities outside of their working hours. This internet-based tool will enable them to access the “office” where and when it suits them.

Sue Roberts, Head of Information and Media Services, said: “This prestigious award is extremely positive for Edge Hill and for IMS and illustrates how our work is being recognised externally.

“As we only joined SCONUL in January this is even more of an achievement. The panel of judges felt the project was innovative and could provide a model for the sector.”