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​An Edinburgh young mother is being honoured for turning her life around.

Nineteen-year-old Paige Paterson, 19, from Dalry, has been nominated for a Local Hero Award in a contest run by the Edinburgh Evening News.


​An Edinburgh young mother is being honoured for turning her life around.

Nineteen-year-old Paige Paterson, 19, from Dalry, has been nominated for a Local Hero Award in a contest run by the Edinburgh Evening News. Paige Paterson.jpg

Paige is on course for a career in working with young people in care, enjoying her training at Edinburgh College after being inspired by the support she herself received after a family conflict led to her living in a young people's unit at the age of 15.

"I was in quite a bad place for a while," said Paige.  "I didn't get on with my mum and I moved around a bit in various different units in places like Oxgangs and Drylaw.  I received a lot of help and that's made me decide that working with young people in care is the career for me."

Now reconciled with her family, Paige started on a preparation for college course at Edinburgh College at 15 but experienced some difficulties which disrupted her education.  She's now sorted out her accommodation and was inspired to return to college in August 2015 by the birth of her now two-year old daughter Caysie-Jo.  Her hard work is paying off and she's likely to leave college with a National Certificate in Health and Social Care. 

 "I know from the help I've received what this job is about and I'm sure this is the career for me and this qualification will set me up for a good job and help me make a good future for Caysie-Jo and me."

Paige is grateful for the support she is continuing to receive from college staff, including learning and development tutor Gill Laird.  "I've got a really good relationship with her, Gill's really supportive and while the course is busy, and a wee bit stressful, with the work, I'm enjoying it and looking forward to having a career."

Gill Laird, learning development tutor at Edinburgh College, said:  "Paige's my wee star and she really deserves this nomination because she's come through some difficult times and overcome lots of obstacles and is really focussed now on getting through her courses and making a life for herself and her daughter."

The teenager is looking forward to the gala event for the Local Heroes Awards Ceremony, being held at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms on Friday May 27.  The Local Heroes Awards celebrate inspirational achievers from all walks of life.


Nine Edinburgh College students are blooming this week following the award of a top prize at a major gardening event.


​Nine Edinburgh College students are blooming this week following the award of a top prize at a major gardening event.

The students, all on a preparation for employment course, won a gold award in the special pallet garden category at Gardening Scotland, held at Ingilston earlier this month.

The students were supported by part time tutor John Warnock and are studying Rural Skills horticulture. Gardening students honoured

John Warnock said: "Things came together really well and the students should be proud of their achievements.  The pallet garden was inspired by the work of Charles Darwin and specifically on plant evolution."

 

Pictured below, from left to right, are:

Kieran Rogerson

Ryan Love

Brian Jones

Kyle Davidson

Bobby Scott

Christopher Lumsden

Stephen More

Aaron Brennan

Craig McKillop


​One of Penicuik's most prominent window displays now has a brilliant new look – thanks to students from the Midlothian Retail Pathway.


​One of Penicuik's most prominent window displays now has a brilliant new look – thanks to students from the Midlothian Retail Pathway.

The students mounted a takeover of the Storehouse and gave the displays a new summer wedding feel.

Midlothian Retail Pathways is a partnership between Edinburgh College and Midlothian Council and involved students undertaking a 10 week course giving them the skills to pursue a career in retail.

Samantha Kane, 16, right, from Bonnyrigg, and Dee Mowatt, left,22, from Penicuik  are now set to take the next steps in developing themselves, with Samatha waiting on the outcome of an application to study computing at Edinburgh and Dee looking to go on to study Retail, Events and Tourism.

Dee Mowat and Samantha Kane  

Both students were enthusiastic about the course.  "I've learned about working with other people, and working within groups," said Samantha.  Dee said: "I'm currently volunteering and I 'm looking forward to continuing to gain more experience."

Abbie Meinart, Edinburgh College lecturer in retail, said: "I am very impressed with their creativity and enthusiasm and positive approach on the project.  I am very proud of them and very impressed with their creativity, enthusiasm and positive approach to the project."

The Penicuik Storehouse is a community-run regeneration project on Penicuik High Street.


Successful students Lisa-Marie Henderson and Alexandra McGregor came up with the perfect way to spell out a thank you message to lecturer Sheena Haig.


​Successful students Lisa-Marie Henderson and Alexandra McGregor came up with the perfect way to spell out a thank you message to lecturer Sheena Haig, who guided them through their Higher National Certificate in Childhood Practice.

They cleverly made their tribute using 15 chocolate bars.

Their message read: "Thank you for all your EXTRA special support in helping to BOOST our confidence and help to become SMARTIES pants.  You have been a bit CURLY WURLY but have taught use all new TWIX.  We have been living off BUTTONS or we would have bought you an AERO plan to go on a TURKISH DELIGHT (of a) holiday.  You need a well-deserved BREAKAWAY for helping us to become super STARBARS.  You have helped us through each and every TOPIC and made us SNICKERS all the way.  We wanted to WISPA how thankful we are and to tell you that you are M and Ms – (marvellous and magnificent!)

We hope you enjoy this little gift but don't eat it all at once or you will ROLO over!!

 

All the best!

from, Lisa-Marie, Kirsty and Alex (your favourite TRIO).

Lecturer Sheena Haig said: "It was a total surprise but it was very nice.  I've had cards and other gifts but this is certainly the most innovative gift I've received.   They know I like chocolate so it was an excellent surprise."

However it's a surprise she's sharing.  "The card is in the staff resource room and my colleagues seem to be helping me with getting through the bars.  I'm keeping the wrappers so I can get the card laminated and put up on the wall."


​Our strong links with employers give our students a head start.  We held an event to say thank you to the scores of local businesses who helped our English as a Second Language students through work placements.


​Our strong links with employers give our students a head start.  We held an event to say thank you to the scores of local businesses who helped our English as a Second Language students through work placements.

More than 106 of our students improved their language skills and gained self-confidence through the placements, which led to full-time work for some.   

The placements were rated as excellent, very good or good by just under 90% of participants.

The employers event was attended by Ian Young, the vice chair of the college Board, who thanked them for their assistance on behalf of the college.  


LGBT Youth Scotland has awarded the college the LGBT Foundation Charter Mark Award, recognising best practice in relation to training, policy and practice as well as promotional materials, resources and evaluation.


​16 September 2016

Edinburgh College has received a top LGBT award in recognition of the support offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and staff. LGBT Youth Scotland has awarded the college the LGBT Foundation Charter Mark Award, recognising best practice in relation to training, policy and practice as well as promotional materials, resources and evaluation.

The college received the award for meeting the criteria outlined within the standards for Foundations LGBT Charter Mark. This includes its work in developing materials and practice to support students and staff to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. It carried out awareness-raising activities and ensured that training, policies and resources were in place for all of the college's campuses.

Edinburgh College Students' Association is working towards its Bronze LGBT Charter Mark to recognise its practice in promoting equality and inclusion, including setting up an LGBT Champions Group, made up of students and staff to support best practice and LGBT inclusion in college. Activities for students included musical, dramatic and interactive celebrations for LGBT History Month in February, and events featuring guest speakers discussing LGBT issues.

Fergus McMillan, chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said: "We are delighted to present Edinburgh College with its Foundation LGBT Charter Mark.

"A key highlight that ran across the submission was the engagement with students to ensure their needs were being met, and that the college is a safe and positive learning space for all students and staff."

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: "We are committed to equality of opportunity and a culture that respects difference. We work really hard to provide an inclusive ethos and environment, where everyone feels welcome, supported and respected.  This award is a fantastic acknowledgement of our approach and I would like to congratulate all those involved in making it happen."

The award is made by LGBT Youth Scotland as part of its LGBT Charter of Rights scheme.  The scheme provides information and resources to organisations to help them develop and improve LGBT support.

Research by LGBT Youth Scotland shows that 70% of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people experience homophobic or biphobic bullying in schools in Scotland.  Transgender young people in Scottish schools face an even harder time, with 77% experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying.

 


​Edinburgh College honoured around 700 students at its annual Graduation ceremony at the city's Usher Hall, cheered on by friends and family.


​3 October 2016

 

Edinburgh College honoured around 700 students at its annual Graduation ceremony at the city's Usher Hall, cheered on by friends and family (30 September).

Students from across the college's curriculum celebrated as they received their awards and said farewell to their time at Edinburgh College.

Across three ceremonies over the day, students graduated in subjects covering business; construction and building crafts; creative industries; engineering; health, wellbeing and social sciences; and tourism and hospitality. Teaching staff at the college also picked up professional development awards. School students attending programmes through the South East Scotland Academies Partnership (SESAP)​ also graduated. SESAP is a partnership led by Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University and local authorities to give senior school students experience of college, university and the workplace while in secondary education.

The best-performing students from each of the college's curriculum centres received awards for academic excellence from the college's Principal Annette Bruton and Regional Chair Ian McKay. Prizes for outstanding citizenship were awarded to students by the college's graduation robing company, Marston. And college partners including NHS Lothian, The Merchant Company of Edinburgh and the Scottish Qualifications Authority handed out further prizes for student achievement.

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: "Graduation was a wonderful day. It was a huge honour to share the stage with our graduates and to join their families and friends in the celebrations.

"Achieving anything in education takes an enormous amount of dedication, willpower and often sacrifice, so every one of our graduates deserves every success. They are now going on to careers or further studies, equipped by their time with us to achieve the futures they want in whatever they choose to do. They're also joining a large group of alumni that has made its mark across our country and the world in every sphere, making valuable contributions to society.

"Many congratulations to our class of 2016."​


Take a look at our Graduation photo gallery to see how the day was for the class of 2016.

The video shown at Graduation is here.

And hear from the class of 2016 itself here.


​International student volunteers from Edinburgh College have been giving up their time to help refugees by sorting donations for Refugee Action Scotland (Re-Act).


11 October 2016

​International student volunteers from Edinburgh College have been giving up their time to help refugees by sorting donations for Refugee Action Scotland (Re-Act).

The group of four ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students helped gather and sort donations, which are then sent to refugees in the worst affected areas of Calais, Greece and Syria. This is part of a project launched in response to the worldwide refugee crisis by Re-Act.

The volunteering is part of a pilot project at the college called 'Volunteer for Success' to support international students to get involved in volunteering work both within the college and externally. The aim is to enhance integration of international students into the college and local communities as well as improving their CVs and arm them with the confidence required for future studies and employment. The work is supported by a UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) grant.

As well as the volunteering with Re-Act, the students will also have the opportunity to take part in other volunteering opportunities including a fundraising event with the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home and Upcycled World to raise funds for the charity and provide a platform for upcyclers to connect and network (29 October).

Raymond Considine, a director of Re-Act, said: "It was a pleasure to meet the Edinburgh College student volunteers. They were very enthusiastic and helped make it an extremely efficient and successful donation day. Some of the students have already expressed an interest in volunteering for us again, so we can look forward to seeing them at future donation days."

As a result of the help provided by the volunteers, all donations, which amounted to a lorry full of bags, were sorted and ready for shipment to refugees in one day. Donations include everything from clothing, shoes, blankets, toiletries and mobility aids.

The student volunteers are from Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia, two of which are part of the English language scholarship programme at Edinburgh College.

Juan Hernandez Mora, one of the scholarship students, said: "I volunteered because it is a really good cause. Whilst studying in Edinburgh, I have some free time and I want to help people that may need it. It was a good experience and I got to meet new people, learn new things and help people in need."

The college is also working to connect students to year-round individual volunteering opportunities and supports them to undertake these by offering reasonable expenses for volunteering purposes.

 


​Edinburgh College graduate Jan Irvine has been shortlisted for a LGBTI prize (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex) a year after an award-winning BBC documentary on her gender reassignment.


21 October 2016​


Edinburgh College graduate Jan Irvine has been shortlisted for a LGBTI prize (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex) a year after an award-winning BBC documentary on her gender reassignment.

Jan is a finalist in the Icon Awards in Glasgow, which launched last year to celebrate those who make an important contribution to LGBTI rights in Scotland.

Talking to the Midlothian Advertiser, Jan said: "Last year we won a media award for the documentary and then out of the blue I got a mystery phone call to say I had been nominated for the spirit award. This came from nowhere, I wasn't expecting it. It's good to be nominated. I'm looking forward to the night."

Since attending the college in 2014 after studying the HNC Counselling, she remains a familiar face around campus where she often returns to do talks about her experience on transgender life. She also supports LGBT in the community all over the country and only last week she gave a talk at a primary school in Bonnyrigg.

And it could turn out to be a lucky year for Jan as Pride Edinburgh, which she is also involved in, is also up for an award this year.

Jan will find out whether she is the award winner at the ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow on Sunday 23 October.


​72-year-old Edinburgh College student Ada Pagan, who has racked up 78 qualifications since 1977, has been nominated for the SQA Star Awards.


​2 November 2016


They say every day is a school day and this is especially true for 72-year-old Edinburgh College student Ada Pagan, who has racked up 78 qualifications across a broad range of subjects. And now Ada's dedication to lifelong learning has led to a nomination for a Scottish Qualifications Authority Star Award.

Ada, who is currently studying Advance Criminology through open learning, has six A levels, 17 Highers, 11 O grades, 9 O levels, more than 20 credits in business subjects, four certificates in public speaking, four certificates in counselling and therapy, a HNC in Business Administration and a HNC in Languages and Tourism. She earned 55 of her qualifications at Edinburgh College and its legacy colleges in 40 years of study here.

Ada has been nominated for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Star Awards for the Lifelong Learning category. The annual awards celebrate success and commitment from individuals, schools, colleges, training providers and businesses.

Talking about her lifelong learning at Edinburgh College, Ada said: "I had a bad experience at school and left aged 14 without any qualifications. I didn't want the punishment my fellow classmates had experienced when they had asked questions in class. Fourteen years later I started working as a social worker and my employer encouraged me to pick up some part-time qualifications - my first was an O grade in English and O level in sociology in 1977.

"Being in the encouraging atmosphere of a modern college really pushed me to study more and more and, as well as pushing myself academically across a broad range of subjects, I have also made friends among the staff and students at the college."

Ada's current study is through open learning although she uses Edinburgh College's Sighthill Campus as her study base. Edinburgh College has a high number of students for whom English is a second language, and Ada has become the go-to person for them and other younger students looking for help and advice on living in Edinburgh and on their studies. Ada is also a source of wisdom and inspiration for older students returning to study after being out of education, and is able to give them the benefit of her years of experience to allay any fears and support them as they get back into the classroom, often with younger students.

Ada continued: "I thoroughly enjoy studying. It gets me moving. Many people over 70 say they can find the day drags but that's never the case for me. I get up and get myself organised and get cracking with the studies. It's an interest and a challenge for me. I get to meet new people and learn new things. I would always recommend the college for studying because the staff are really friendly and there's a lovely supportive atmosphere there."

Ada will attend the Star Awards Ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on Friday 11 November.


​Scotland's national sports scholarship programme, Winning Students, announced this month that 10 Edinburgh College students would be part of the programme for the 2016-17 academic year.


​9 November 2016

Scotland's national sports scholarship programme, Winning Students, announced this month that 10 Edinburgh College students would be part of the programme for the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarships provide gifted young athletes studying at college or university in Scotland with funding support and the flexibility to achieve their sporting and academic goals.

The 10 Edinburgh College students are: Naomi Brown (curling), Erin Clachers, Sarah Clelland, Chelsea Cornet, Murron Cunningham, Abbi Grant, Alyshia Walker (all football), David Ferguson (judo), Kieran Preston (swimming), Allan Smith (athletics).

The students were announced at the inaugural Winning Students Forum, which brought together Winning Students' academic and sporting partners.

Winning Students scholarships are funded by the Scottish Funding Council and managed by the University of Stirling. Athletes are put forward for support by their respective national governing body of sport in 12 core sports: badminton; canoeing; curling; football (women only); golf; hockey; judo; orienteering; rowing; swimming; tennis and triathlon. Additional scholarships are awarded for students in other individual sports through individual scholarships.

For more information about the Winning Students scholarships, click here.


​Edinburgh College student and ice hockey player Tyler Plews is gearing up to fly to Budapest this weekend where he will represent Great Britain under-20s in the World Championship (Division 1B).


9 December 2016

Edinburgh College student and ice hockey player Tyler Plews is gearing up to fly to Budapest this weekend where he will represent Great Britain under-20s in the World Championship (Division 1B).

Tyler, 19 is currently studying the HND Fitness, Health and Exercise at Edinburgh College and has been playing ice hockey since the age of eight after following in his dad's footsteps. He plays as a defenceman in the professional Elite Ice Hockey league for Edinburgh Capitals where he trains four times a week at Murrayfield Ice Rink.

Talking about the forthcoming competition, Tyler said: "It's an honour to play for my country. It's the first time I've been chosen for the team so I'm really excited. There's six of us altogether from Scotland and we're really looking forward to taking on the other great teams in the championships."

Neil MacKenzie, curriculum manager for sport and fitness at Edinburgh College, said: "This is fantastic news for Tyler, who has worked hard to achieve selection for the GB under-20s and stay on track with a very demanding Fitness, Health and Exercise HND. We are all delighted for him and it shows that hard work and dedication - along with his unquestionable sporting talent - does bring its rewards. I'm especially pleased that we are able to attract such sporting talent to our sport and fitness courses at Edinburgh College, which pays tribute to the high levels of quality learning and teaching on offer. I hope Tyler gets plenty of ice time at the championships."

The GB team will take on hosts Hungary as well as Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Ukraine at the seven-day competition and hope to top its own bronze medal success in 2015.

Tyler said: "Ice hockey is my passion and I hope to continue playing for as long as I can but I would also love to open my own gym one day."


​The college has received very sad news about our missing student Antoine Maury, with police confirming that a body recovered from Duddingston Loch is Antoine. Our principal has a message about Antoine including information from his family about a celebration of his life on Saturday.


16 December 2016

We received very sad news over the weekend that the body recovered from Duddingston Loch is our student Antoine Maury. Police have confirmed his identity and told Antoine's family.

Our thoughts are with Antoine, his family and everyone who knew him. This is a really difficult time for our students and staff but our college community is pulling together to support everyone. We have reminded students and staff about the range of support services available to anyone affected.

Antoine's family have sent an open invitation to all to attend a celebration of his life at Duddingston Kirk Parish Church on Saturday (17 December) from 1-4pm. They have asked guests to come in whatever they feel comfortable in, from jeans and trainers to suits and full Highland dress, as Antoine would have liked.

We will also be looking at our own ways of remembering Antoine within the college.

Although the circumstances are tragic and not the outcome we continued to hope for, I couldn't be more proud about the compassion, kindness and eagerness to help the search shown by students and staff since Antoine went missing. Antoine's family and Police Scotland have been very thankful for the efforts made to help, so thank you to all.

Antoine will, I'm sure, remain in our thoughts.

Annette Bruton
Principal
Edinburgh College

 


​Please support Edinburgh College and vote for our community projects to receive funding.


​1 February 2017

Please support Edinburgh College and vote for our community projects to receive funding.

We have two community projects that have applied for funding from Shared Vision – Your Decision, which enables members of the public to decide how public money is spent in eradicating Islamophobia and associated prejudice behaviour. These are:

  • Protest in Harmony has applied for funding to support singing and song writing workshops for Edinburgh College students and people in the local community to explore similarities and differences and raising awareness of issues around Islamophobia. 
    Please support by voting for project number 21. More information is available here.

 

  • ELREC (Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council) has applied for funding to deliver empathy-based and awareness raising training across Edinburgh, including to students and staff within the college. It will involve recruiting young people and volunteers to help other young people develop greater awareness about the effects of Islamophobia.
    Please support by voting for project number 11. More information is available here

You can vote online at www.scotland.police.uk/shared-vision-your-decision or at your local library. 

Voting closes at 12 noon on Monday 13 February.

Anyone over the age of eight who lives, works, studies or volunteers within the Edinburgh area is eligible to vote. Please note you need to vote for five projects and can only give each project one vote.  


​Edinburgh College was honoured at the College Development Network's (CDN) annual Marketing Awards, taking home two Gold and one Silver award.​


​​10 March 2017

Edinburgh College was honoured at the College Development Network's (CDN) annual Marketing Awards, taking home two Gold and one Silver award.

The Marketing team scooped Gold in the Digital Marketing category for the schools area on our website. This is a dedicated hub of information for school pupils, teachers and influencers, effectively targeted using personas unique to the stage and level of learning.

A Gold award was also achieved in the Customer Experience category for the college Welcome Events. The Welcome Events helped to improve the students' first experience of the college through a streamlined enrolment and induction process and effective communication. This was a great team effort across a number of areas but special recognition goes to David Sweeney in MIS who was the main driver behind these events. This was a great example of collegiate working with committed colleagues who truly have the students' best interests at heart.

The team picked up Silver in the Design category for the brand guidelines of our refreshed college identity.

The CDN Marketing Awards took place at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh last night, with marketing teams from across Scotland honoured for their work in promoting their colleges and further education.

Our team's win follows another two golds and a silver at last year's awards, in the Market/Market Research, Design and Events categories.


​The college recently hosted 36 international delegates as part of a three-day British Council Seminar on enterprise training.​​


​23 March 2017

Edinburgh College recently hosted 36 international delegates as part of a three-day British Council Seminar on enterprise training.

Delegates from Nigeria, Uzbekistan, India, Cuba, USA, Bahamas, Jamaica, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago attended presentations and workshops to discuss the current and global thinking on enterprise and entrepreneurial training in the international skills agenda.

Madeleine Brown (Edinburgh College creative business development executive) and Victoria Pyle (international manager) hosted the group at the Creative Exchange followed by a visit to Granton Campus where they enjoyed a tour of the facilities and a meal at the Apprentice Restaurant. The meal was cooked by students who were being assessed in the kitchen for their menus.

Talking about the delegate visit, Madeleine said: "The British Council delegates had a busy couple of hours with us in which they attended four workshops. ​Workshop one explained the range of work placements, internships, start-up desks and job opportunities for students, which we have built up since 2013 at the Creative Exchange. Workshop two showcased the integration of enterprise and technical skills in our Edinburgh College BBC Make it Digital training programme which is staffed by a training collective made up of lecturers in employability skills, coding and web design and Creative Exchange trainers in graphic design, digital marketing and short form video.  The delegates were enthused by the programme and very keen to take timetables and materials back home with them.

"The case study sessions profiled two of the very successful Creative Exchange businesses: SME Professional (MD Fraser Sutherland) and Starbit (MD Jonathan Stevens). The MDs of both companies presented on the challenges of developing their start-up businesses into successful SMEs with lively Q and A sessions on finding skilled creatives to fill job posts and how the college helps with this, collaborative working and the benefits of being based in the Leith creative hub of the city."

Andy Hall, skills adviser (policy, education and society) for the ​British Council said: "The chance to visit the Creative Exchange and meet Madeleine and others involved in it was hugely valuable and the delegates were very enthusiastic about what they saw. I'm really hopeful that by meeting Madeleine and seeing what the college does, the delegates will be better placed to try similar schemes and improve what they do as a result."

The group also visited City of Glasgow College, Bridge 2 Business and the Prince's Trust as part of their visit.


​Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) is celebrating after winning top honour of College Students’ Association of the Year at the NUS (National Union of Students) Scotland Awards.


​30 March 2017

Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) is celebrating after winning top honour of College Students’ Association of the Year at the NUS (National Union of Students) Scotland Awards.

ECSA won the main prize in the NUS Scotland Awards for its work over the last year to support Edinburgh College students.

It beat City of Glasgow College and University of the Highlands and Islands' students’ associations, which were also shortlisted for College Students’ Association of the Year.

Al Wilson, ECSA director, said: “We’re all very humbled and proud. We couldn’t have done it without the cracking team of officers and staff. It also wouldn’t have been possible without all the amazing support and involvement we get from class reps, students and college staff, who help us build a strong students’ association.”

The team picked up its prize at the NUS Scotland Awards ceremony at the student organisation’s annual conference in Dundee. ECSA’s communications and events coordinator, Graham Smith, was also shortlisted in the Staff Member of the Year category.
Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: “This honour was richly deserved and I’m proud that our student team is getting this recognition for everything it’s done. ECSA has continued to develop in its achievements and professionalism, and is a very fine foil to the college. The sabbatical officers and permanent staff have done excellent things over the last year.

“ECSA is a truly collaborative partner and this means the student perspective is always central in any college decision making. Well done to everyone involved in ECSA’s success and I’m sure there will be more to come.”


Among ECSA’s achievements that led to the award are a new strategic plan and a revamped class representative system, meaning a better support structure for students.


As well as being named the country’s best college students’ association, ECSA also picked up a runner-up prize at the sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland) Award. This was for its part in the Learner Engagement Framework project, a collaboration with the college to improve how student feedback is recorded and acted upon.


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