Steph Lee-Vae
  • The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • The Bedford College Group
  • Bedford, Bedfordshire

Art & Design lecturer Steph’s boundless energy, prolific ideas and ability to network drive the extensive list of opportunities they seek and implements for their students. Their courses at Tresham College (part of The Bedford College Group) have a track record of 100% retention and achievement over the past few years and last year, 100% of Level 3 Graphics students progressed into Year Two.

Steph set up a YouTube channel in 2020 with video tutorials and digital workshops for students to access at their own pace, so that no one is left behind. It remains in place in 2022.

During the lockdown, students were unable to showcase their work in exhibitions, so Steph founded Art Mesh, a creative arts digital magazine that promotes the work of 10 students every month to global audiences.  It was so successful that they continued to publish Art Mesh post-lockdown. It was highlighted as an outstanding example of best practice across The Bedford College Group.

Steph is LGBTQ+ Ambassador for the Art & Design department and a strong advocate for ensuring that all students feel safe and included.