Hafsah's story

Hafsah Zulfiqar

City of Glasgow College HND Electronics student, Hafsah Zulfiqar, finished her course on a high when she received a Hammermen Award for outstanding performance.

Six colleges and four universities across the west of Scotland were eligible to apply for the annual awards which recognise exceptional accomplishment and commitment.

Hafsah, who completed her HND in June, said:

“HND Electronics has been a steep learning curve but worthwhile. Winning the Hammermen award was such a surprise and wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement and support I received from the teaching staff at the college.”

John Woods, Curriculum Head for Electrical and Electronic Engineering at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Hafsah performed exceptionally well on her course and showed great commitment towards her studies. She is an excellent example of the high calibre of young person that our college is helping to produce.”

The 25 year old, who attended Notre Dame High School, is going on to Glasgow Caledonian University to do Electrical & Electronic Engineering with a view to working in mechatronics.

“I did think about renewable energy but then discovered design which gives me the option of computer-aided design and also control engineering which includes a lot of maths, and I really enjoy maths,” said Hafsah.

Control engineering designs ways to regulate the behaviour of dynamic systems, with any system that constantly changes considered dynamic.

“If you take the mars rover as an example, a control engineer would design the path or trajectory it would follow,” added Hafsah.

Hafsah’s two years at City of Glasgow College followed time spent travelling across Europe and South America, and two of years at university starting a sport science degree which she decided not to complete.

“I wanted to do something I really enjoyed and coming to college was definitely the right choice. You learn, but you are also supported and given the chance to build your confidence. I’ll now go into university in my third year and am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store. I’d like to work overseas. As part of my college course I took part in an Erasmus+ trip to the Basque country in Spain. They have a lot of industry there so working in that area may be a possibility.

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HND Electronics has been a steep learning curve but worthwhile. Winning the Hammermen award was such a surprise and wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement and support I received from the teaching staff at the college

Hafsah Zulfiqar