College lecturer honoured for dedication to seafarer training

City of Glasgow College lecturer Andrew Armstrong has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for his services to Cadet Training and Maritime Education and Welfare.

Andrew was one of just 16 people to receive the state award for meritorious service which was formally presented to him by HRH The Princess Royal at Trinity House in London on Thursday 26 September.

The lecturer in deck cadet courses served for 40 years with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service (RFA) where his operational experience included engagement in conflicts that spanned Cyprus, the Cod Wars, the Iran/Iraq conflicts and both Gulf wars. He was respected for his people skills, enthusiasm, professionalism and support of cadets and junior officers.

On receiving the Medal, Andrew said:

“This is a great personal honour for me but it is also an award that recognises the impact City of Glasgow College is having on maritime education and training.

“I have been involved with training and mentoring cadets throughout my career as well as with seafarers’ welfare, both of which I find extremely rewarding. I feel this award is recognition of the work that we all do within the maritime industry in training the seafarers of the future.”

Andrew retired from the RFA as a Chief Officer in 2012 and joined City of Glasgow College, continuing his mentoring role from the Merchant Navy and taking a keen personal interest in cadet welfare and career progression. He advises students on employment opportunities and developing their networking and life skills, which has resulted in jobs for qualified cadets as well as strengthened links between industry and education.

Dleep Fotedar, Commercial Director, Faculty of Nautical Studies at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Andrew teaches students of varied academic abilities and works very hard to ensure that each individual progresses as far as possible. Throughout his career he has continually displayed a genuine interest in the welfare of others. He stands as an excellent example of care and professionalism in this industry and is very well thought of by his colleagues, both past and present.”