Edinburgh College bags four nominations at 2019 CDN College Awards

Edinburgh College has received four nominations at this year’s College Development Network (CDN) Awards – Scotland’s largest celebration of college achievements.

Two students have been shortlisted in the Student of the Year category in recognition of their incredible achievements during term 2018/19.

HND Retail Management student Dean Clark has been named as a finalist following his role in setting up Bizarre-Bazaar – a student-led retail space operating at Sighthill Campus. Dean project-managed the creation of Bizarre-Bazaar, working with fellow retail students and others across the College curriculum to convert an empty space to a fully functioning store selling a range of wares.

BMus (Hons) Music student Jack McKenzie has also been shortlisted following his commitment to saving the College’s orchestra from being disbanded. Fuelled by his passion for music, Jack decided he would not let the orchestra fold, and despite many challenges facing him, has managed to propel the ensemble to become a mainstay of the College’s Music department, leading it to successful performances across Scotland.

In addition, the College’s Marketing team has been shortlisted in the Marketing and Communications category following its successful 2018 Exam Results Day Campaign. The campaign saw a takeover of the College website and social media channels to focus on providing streams of information for pupils and students across the country – informing them of the options available to them at College.

The College’s Engineering team has been shortlisted in the Digital Learning category for their innovative use of technology following the introduction of the HNC Mechanical Engineering (Enhanced Distance Learning) course to the curriculum portfolio in term 2018/19.

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: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted four times by CDN. There are countless examples of wonderful work that happens across our College each day, and to receive recognition of that is brilliant.

“I’d like to thank everyone whose hard work and dedication throughout the past year has led to these nominations – you’re all deserving winners.

“Special congratulations go to Dean and Jack, our Student of the Year nominees. It’s terrific to see our students recognised for the commitment and determination they put into their studies.

“Good luck to all of our finalists.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony being held at Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Thursday 21 November.