- Glasgow Kelvin College delighted to feature in three separate categories at SQA Star Awards 18
The SQA Star Awards has this year focussed on the Year of Young People and the shortlists feature three great successes which have sprung from Glasgow Kelvin College.
SQA Star Award shortlist for College Learner of the Year features the remarkable Stuart Patterson from Easterhouse, one of last year’s Access to Humanities students. Stuart has progressed, with flying colours, to University of Strathclyde this year studying for a BA in Creative Writing, Journalism & Social Policy. An adult returner to learning, Stuart’s journey has been significantly challenging. He turned his life around considerably over the last few years, becoming a Christian pastor in his community and helping to found the Easterhouse Community Church. He embraced his learning at College and was a great example and support for his classmates. He is a deserving candidate and everyone is impressed and delighted at what he has achieved so far - and very excited about how much more he has left to give.
In the new SQA Star Award for Young Person of the Year shortlist which marks the Year of Young People, we have the indomitable Leah Cairns. Leah first came to the College on the Youth Access programme at the age of 12. She returned as a full-time learner on the Transitions to Learning & Work programme, during which time she began to get her life together and gave herself milestones and goals, such as working on her issues with dyslexia and gaining qualifications. Leah then completed a Modern Apprenticeship and SVQ3 in Youth Work, taking on the role of mentor to support young people in both the College programmes she had previously attended, as well as volunteering as a classroom assistant with the Support to Learn team. Now studying on the HNC Working With Communities and having gained employment as a Youth Worker with F.A.R.E. a local Easterhouse project for young people in the community, Leah is delighted at her nomination. She said;
“I’m quite lost for words. This just shows that if you stick in and you have the right people to support you then dreams do come true. I’m still on my journey and College staff have helped me build my confidence to take on new challenges. I’ve loved my volunteer work as a classroom assistant at Lochend Community High School and I eventually hope to work within a school Autism Unit – that’s where my passion lies.”
Leah has just celebrated a landmark birthday and is heading off on holiday, flying for the first time. It has been a big year!
The College wishes both Leah and Stuart the very best for the Awards ceremony on 9th November.
In addition, the Enhanced Vocational Inclusion Programme, run in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Kelvin College, is on the shortlist for the Promoting Inclusion category at SQA Star Awards. It is a fine example of the benefits of working in partnership to support and encourage vulnerable young people as they gain skills and progress in their lives.
College Principal, Alan Sherry, said;
“We are truly impressed by this year’s excellent nominees and feel privileged to be part of their learner journey. Being shortlisted for an SQA Star Award is significant recognition of the hard work of the students and, of course, the skilled and committed staff who have supported them. The partnership working which has underpinned much of these achievements continues to be central to what we do as a college and we are delighted to be involved in the students’ success so far.”
Fingers crossed for more success on the night!