College celebrates Student Excellence

City of Glasgow College recognised student excellence and achievement at a formal ceremony held on Tuesday 23 May.

Awards for outstanding work and endeavour were presented at the college’s City campus and attended by 35 students, their families, friends, and invited guests.

The students represented a broad range of study across the Faculties of Nautical Studies; Education & Society; Creative Industries; Business; Building, Energy and Engineering; Leisure and Lifestyle, as well as Student Engagement and the Student Association.

Vice Principal for Student Experience at City of Glasgow College, Joanna McGillivray, presented the students with their awards and said:

“This is now an annual event to celebrate the achievements of those students who have pushed personal boundaries of endeavour. I believe it is right that we recognise and applaud individuals who have exceeded their limits to succeed in their studies, or who have gone above and beyond in helping others. Those awarded are shining examples of our college purpose to let learning flourish through inspiration, excellence and innovation, and of what can be achieved through determined effort and resilience.”

Samantha Laird is in her second year of HND Fitness, Health and Exercise. A gold medal winner at the UK Skills Show in 2016, Samantha has drawn on her positive attitude and competitive approach to overcome injury and progress in her course. She said:

“I was surprised but quite proud to find out I was nominated for an achievement award. It's nice to know that others recognise the hard work that I've put into the last two years of my studies. City of Glasgow College has provided me with great opportunities such as WorldSkills, which I will now continue to be a part of. Now that I have completed my HND, I am moving on to study Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University.”

As part of his HNC in Social Services, Scott Ritchie is enjoying work experience at a centre for people with a brain injury. It is a challenging placement which he is learning a great deal from. Scott said:

“I am extremely grateful to receive this award as I know how hard everyone has worked in the class towards the HNC. The lecturers have been fantastic and have gone the extra mile to help me out and I fully appreciate it. Karen and Jason are exceptional and have a passion for teaching their subject. I hope to gain further experience in work and get a full time job.”