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It has been a busy but enjoyable year so far at with lots of opportunities to celebrate success. Here are just a few of them.

Kind Regards,


James Hill Centenary Award draws learners from all over the world, all of whom are intent on learning or revising the late James Hill’s Teeline Shorthand system and becoming proficient high speed writers.

Will Roberts has been chosen, from all registered students in 2008, to receive The James Hill Centenary Award.  

Will, who works for the Northern Echo in Darlington, England, registered with in June 2006, although all shorthand writing had to be curtailed from January to April 2008 when Will broke his wrist.

In May 2008 (the month in which James Hill would have celebrated his 100th birthday), Will was successful in passing two separate 100 words per minute, NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists') shorthand examinations – one on the 9th May and the second on the 23rd May.  This achievement is testament to Will’s dedication, determination and competence, and is even more remarkable because the pot on Will’s arm was removed only six weeks before the first exam.

Will selected a pen, an appropriate memento, to celebrate his achievement:

Will Roberts

Congratulations Will - well done and well deserved!

New Resources have now been uploaded

The new resources, designed to help beginners to fast-track through the theory, have now been uploaded.  

A learner in Ireland, Ethna Brave, provided the reason for us to develop these resources when she registered as a beginner with in March 2009 and needed to cover the theory and develop speed quickly.  She is off to Sri Lanka in July 2009 and wants to use her newly acquired skill during voluntary service overseas working as a journalist. 

Ethna Brave

Ethna finished the theory in May (taking just over two months to cover the entire theory - 32 units) and is now using the remainder of her 17 week semester to develop speed.  Thank you Ethna for providing the reason for us to prepare these pieces.  Other learners are now benefiting from using the resources and tell us that they are proving to be really helpful.

PA Diploma

It is always gratifying to receive positive feedback from students, especially when it relates to a relatively new course.

We developed the PA Diploma in response to a perceived need to make the workforce more productive and businesses more competitive.

We couldn't have wished for better feedback:

"I absolutely loved this course ... My IT skills have greatly improved and also my efficiency.  I have already seen that my newly honed skills have benefited the workplace.  Everything I needed was in the course and it fitted in well with my PA role.  The one-to-one support and online resources were excellent."

Jane Sparkhall, (PA)