Star student takes stage at parliamentary reception

 CoGC student, Ilisa Stack speaking at Colleges Scotland Parliamentary Reception

City of Glasgow College photography graduate, Ilisa Stack, took centre stage as inspirational student at Colleges Scotland annual parliamentary reception.

Ilisa speaks about her time at the college with complete delight and honesty. She is a great ambassador for what can be achieved through support and self-belief.

Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland, who addressed the assembled guests, said:

“We were thrilled to introduce Ilisa Stack so everyone could hear her inspirational story. Out of 13,000 entries, her image was chosen as a Portrait of Britain winner seen by millions across the UK as it is being displayed on high streets, in train stations and at bus stops. Incredibly, her work will be exhibited in Berlin’s Aff Gallery next month, which is an amazing achievement.

“Ilisa personifies the transformational capacity of colleges and demonstrates just how crucial they are in helping so many people improve their lives right across Scotland’s communities. Her story is the very essence of what the college sector typifies: providing people with terrific opportunities to help them reach their potential and improve their lives.”

Closing the parliamentary event, Ilisa Stack outlined her story:

“My journey at City of Glasgow College started with evening photography classes.  I then went on to complete my HND and gained a First-class BA Honours degree in Photography at the college. It has totally transformed my life. From leaving school at 15 and to getting to where I am now, with my work being exhibited in the Aff Gallery in Berlin, is amazing. Studying at college has helped me to achieve my dreams as a photographer and artist.

“I’m eternally grateful to City of Glasgow College for helping me develop my photography skills. I have grown so much as a person, built up my confidence and now I’m trying to give something back to students by sharing what I have learnt through my experiences and passing on advice whenever I can.”

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Ilisa will graduate with a BA Honours in Photography from City of Glasgow College this November. Her story from leaving school at 15 to returning as a mother of three is humbling. She started doing evening photography classes at the college which, after 18 months, progressed to studying and achieving an HND in photography. Her degree projects have gone on to receive national and international recognition.  She photographs Glasgow youths, showing them as noble characters.

A winner of this year’s Portrait of Britain competition, Ilisa’s work was selected from 13,000 entries to make the final 100 images for publication and display on billboards across the country. Ilisa has been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Portrait Awards and her work is being exhibited at the Aff Galerie in Berlin.