Awards Ceremony Recognises Student Commitment

Glasgow Kelvin College’s John Wheatley Awards were presented last week at a ceremony in the East End Campus.

The John Wheatley Awards were established to recognise those students whose commitment to their studies and their classmates in the face of other challenges had been above and beyond.

Students are nominated by their tutors or support workers for showing particular resolve and tenacity.  From a large and deserving field of over 20 nominations, eight students were presented with the individual award.  Sponsored by Wheatley Group plc, The Robert Bennie Trust and Parkhead Nazarene Church, these students received a certificate, plaque and tablet.

The challenges they had faced ranged through illness, disability, bereavement, addiction family crises to name but a few, and each of them had maintained their studies during very trying times.

A further group of students from the NC Health & Social Care course were also awarded certificates to mark their great contribution at the loss of a well-loved and remarkable fellow student.  The untimely death of Joe Ballard prompted his classmates to raise funds to support his family at a very painful time.  Working together, they raised almost £1,200 and were very pleased to donate this in Joe’s memory.

College Principal, Alan Sherry, said;

“Today’s event allows us to recognise these real achievements.  Our students hard work and commitment is inspirational and I am sure that you are, and will be, role models for those who come after you.

To every one of our students here today, Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to be part of your learning experience and honoured to have been able to support you on this part of your journey.

Congratulations and well done to each of you.”