Edinburgh College students and staff have bagged a hat-trick of nominations at the 2019 Herald Higher Education Awards as a result of innovative and inspiring projects run over the past year.
HND Retail Management student Dean Clark has been shortlisted in the outstanding contribution from a college student category as his role in setting up Bizarre-Bazaar – the student-led retail space now operating at Sighthill Campus – caught the eye of the judges.
Dean project-managed the creation of Bizarre-Bazaar, working with fellow retail students as well as others across the College curriculum to convert an empty space to a fully functioning store selling a range of wares. Dean’s hard work and determination also caught the attention of Deputy First Minister John Swinney who visited Sighthill Campus to hear from Dean and the team about their first ever business journey.
PASS curriculum leader Jo Turbitt has been nominated in the outstanding contribution from a staff member category after she brought together the College in last year’s Ballroom Factor – an event full of glitz and glamour which saw hundreds of staff come together at Granton Campus for an evening of ballroom dancing, strictly style.
Finally, David Burgoyne and the Engineering team have been shortlisted for their innovative use of technology following the introduction of the HNC Mechanical Engineering (Enhanced Distance Learning) course to the curriculum portfolio.
David led the research and development of the course which allows students new to the industry as well as those already in employment to study from home, or from remote locations including oil and gas platforms, in order to gain a new qualification or to consolidate on-the-job learning.
Principal Audrey Cumberford said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that the College is a finalist in three categories at this year’s Herald HE Awards – it’s fantastic news.
“Everyone involved should be immensely proud of themselves as the commitment and innovation they have shown in their respective project areas leading to shortlisting has been incredible.
“We wish Dean, Jo, David and the Engineering team the very best of luck and hope that they have a wonderful time at the awards ceremony – they deserve it.”
The College’s finalists will attend an awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Wednesday 5 June.