Super college aims for triple in education awards

The achievements of staff at City of Glasgow College have been recognised at national level.

Gail Morrison, Curriculum Head for Tourism at the college, is up for two awards at this year’s People Make Glasgow Inspiring City Awards. Gail has been shortlisted in the Education Award and Glasgow Welcomes Service Champion categories.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“To be in the running for not one, not two, but three education awards is an incredible achievement and an outstanding example of the excellence, innovation and inspiration that characterises Team City.

“We are raising the bar with our ambition to be better than best and being shortlisted for such prestigious awards shows not only that we are achieving our aim but underlines the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of our tourism and enterprise teams. I wish both Gail and Fynn the very best of luck.”

Gail admitted she was speechless when she heard the news, saying:

“I am overwhelmed and delighted to have been shortlisted for both these awards. While it is an honour for me personally, this is very much a team effort and well-deserved recognition of a dedicated and professional group who work very hard for our students while enthusiastically highlighting the wide range of career opportunities available within the tourism industry.”    

And in a first for the college, its Start Up space, a new initiative to encourage students who wish to set up in business, together with the college’s annual enterprise and entrepreneurship competition, have reached the finals of the National Enterprise Educator Awards.

Both the enterprise competition and the Start Up are run in association with the John Mather Trust, Bridge 2 Business and Young Enterprise Scotland, and together the partnership has been shortlisted in the FE Team Enterprise category which recognises the team who delivers exceptional enterprise or entrepreneurship education within and out-with the curriculum.

Fynn Elkington, who is the college’s resident entrepreneur for the Start Up Space, said:

"As a City of Glasgow College graduate and business owner, it is fantastic for everyone involved with the Start Up space to receive this recognition. We look forward to further developing enterprise and innovation opportunities for students, and supporting their ambitions for self-employment and business start-up."

The Inspiring City Education Award recognises a pioneering achievement by an individual or institution that has made an impact on the learning and development of Glasgow citizens; while Glasgow Welcomes Service Champion acknowledges those who strive to consistently deliver outstanding levels of customer service excellence in Glasgow’s tourism, leisure, retail and hospitality sectors.

The winners for both the Inspiring City Awards and National Enterprise Educator Awards will be announced on Thursday 6 September.