Student Awards Ceremony Celebrates Success

City of Glasgow College has celebrated the achievements of its ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students for 2015/16.

The 15 students from Iran, Poland, Eritrea, Estonia, Italy, Iraq, Portugal and the Democratic Republic of Congo were presented with their awards for outstanding achievement by the MP for Glasgow South West, Chris Stephens.

Mary McManus, Curriculum Head for ESOL 1, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the hard work and endeavour of all ESOL students, and in particular these 15 individuals. Each year staff have the difficult task of singling out one outstanding student at each level, but these students have surpassed all expectations, some through very difficult and trying circumstances, to reach their goals of becoming more confident in their English and in their lives, in general.”

Lecturer, Gianni Lawson, who put Luay Ithawi from Iraq forward for an award, said:

"Luay has been nominated for this award largely for things he did not do. He did not stop smiling. He did not drop his head. He did not let his circumstances define him or allow his problems to rob him of laughter. Having Luay in the class was like having bottled sunshine. Days without him were a little less bright, and the other students raised their game and their spirits when he was with us. He was the social glue that brought all the students together. He made my job and our class a lot more fun."

City of Glasgow College has over 1600 students from 86 different countries attending its ESOL classes with a large number going on to study HNC and HND courses within the college, or to attend university.

Family, friends and members of staff attended the ceremony which took place on Friday 28 October and rounded off a momentous week that saw City of Glasgow College host its inaugural International Education & Maritime Symposia and officially launch its stunning new City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street.