IT’S a dog’s life for staff and students at Keighley College – and they’re delighted!

A pug called Chummy has joined the team at the Bradford Road campus.

The popular pooch is brought in by a staff member every day, and is looked after on campus by different people.

“Chummy has been a great addition to the ‘family’ and brings a smile to staff and students,” said Heather Whitehead, director of curriculum at the college.

“We have changed the dynamic of the college and the way students approach both their academic and enrichment activities.

“Chummy has a regular blog, where he encourages students to participate in new opportunities and supports the wellbeing group.”

The college is celebrating after receiving a commendation award for its work with students and overall services to the community.

The news was announced as the Association of Colleges revealed the finalists for its Beacon Awards, at a glittering gala dinner in Birmingham.

More than 300 staff from the further education sector attended the dinner.

Finalists now go forward to a ceremony in February, where eight awards will be up for grabs.

Keighley College has recently undergone a rebrand and been involved in several key projects, including an I’m In campaign, focusing on restorative practice.

Student relationship officers (SROs) have been appointed, who help new learners settle and ensure they have the support they need.

Rated ‘good’ – with outstanding features – by Ofsted, the college runs industry-accredited vocational courses and is one of the region’s biggest providers of apprenticeships.

Heather added: “We were honoured to receive the prestigious award, which recognises our role in the sector as well as our contribution to student and community engagement.

“We introduced the SRO role to support our students, and behaviour has improved significantly.

“The college, with its vibrant team, will further develop enrichment activities through New Opportunities Funding and this will enhance learning experiences.”

The Beacon Awards were launched over 20 years ago to recognise the work of colleges.