Celebration of Achievement ceremonies honour students’ accomplishments


Students in the Faculty of Supported Learning have celebrated completing their studies in a series of events at New College Lanarkshire.

The Celebration of Achievement ceremonies took place over three days at our Motherwell Campus.

Friends, family and supporters joined faculty staff in applauding the students’ accomplishments and acknowledging the different routes they are taking to achieve their potential.

At the first ceremony, students who completed two employability-focused courses were honoured.

Lecturer Lucie Armstrong presented certificates of achievement to 11 learners from the Coalyard project, a two-year course in which students learn hospitality sector skills working at the Coalyard Tearoom in Larkhall.

Similarly, lecturer Jacqueline Harper presented certificates to four students who completed the Employability In Action course, who operate the Mather’s Cafe at Kirkintilloch Campus.

The café opened in early-2018 to offer a catering service at the campus while helping students learn hospitality and employability skills.

There was also a special award for Motherwell Campus student Kris Bulloch, who was named as the winner of the John Mather Trust Award for his commitment to extra-curricular activities.

Kris raised £102.50 for St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie by organising a jumble sale and is also the College’s first Vice-President for Supported Learning.

Ross Brand, Learner Engagement Officer, said: “Kris has worn his Students’ Association hoodie with pride and is now well-recognised on campus for his pro-active attitude to getting involved in activities and encouraging other to do so, too.

“Kris was tasked with gathering the opinions of his peers within the faculty to ensure their voices are equally represented and to ensure they are having an enjoyable experience whilst at college by arranging activities and events.

“Kris’s success in his role has led us to expand the position for 2019/20 – and we look forward to seeing how three new Vice-Presidents for Supported Learning can emulate Kris.”

At the second ceremony, around 45 students who completed the Towards Independence or Skills For Life courses were honoured with certificates and commemorative hoodies.

Lecturers Stephen Cotter and Claire Campleman presented certificates, with a John Mather Trust Award going to Cumbernauld Campus student Lyle Rettie in recognition of his fundraising activities.

Finally, the third ceremony attracted approximately 65 students and their families and friends to the Celebration of Achievement ceremony.

Students who completed one of three courses – in Enterprise and Employability; Life Skills, Enterprise and Employability; or Life Skills, Employability and Personal Development – watched presentations showing photographs from their time at college and received certificates from lecturers Adam Fairweather and Claire Campleman.

A John Mather Award was presented to Motherwell Campus student Jade McGoldrick for raising more than £1,000 while on work placement with British Heart Foundation.

Nicola Mulholland, Assistant Head of Faculty, said: “All of our students have worked extremely hard for the last year or two years and they’ve had the opportunity to obtain qualifications and skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

“Many of them have gained practical workplace experience that is invaluable in this current climate.

“All our learners give us so much – they contribute so much to our lives and to our faculty; they will be missed greatly by our staff.

“I’d also like to thank our staff for their dedication and commitment that goes far above and beyond what’s expected of them.”

New College Lanarkshire offers a number of programmes for students with additional support needs, which build confidence, independence and employability.

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