Dumfries and Galloway College up for award

Dumfries and Galloway College has been named as a finalist at the 2014 SQA Star Awards.

The SQA Star Awards recognise both the individuals who work towards and organisations that deliver SQA qualifications that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning.

The college has been shortlisted in the Innovation of the Year category for its commitment to embedding education for sustainable development into the curriculum.

Staff from the college will join other finalists at a glittering ceremony at Glasgow Clyde College’s Anniesland Campus on Friday 7 November for a night of celebration, where they will be will be joined by students, teachers, schools, colleges, employers and training providers from across the country who will be recognised and rewarded for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the success stories that have taken place within Scottish education over the past 12 months.

This year SQA will also present a special prize to the ‘Sustainable Development Educator of the Decade’. Marking ten years of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, this unique award will recognise the achievements of an individual, school or college that has contributed to the aims set out by the UN, to fostering the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence in young people who need to engage with the environmental challenges our society faces.

In all, fifteen awards will be presented on the night for categories including School and College Candidates of the Year, the Academic Excellence award, and SQA Champion.

Of the category winners, two will be chosen to collect SQA’s distinguished “Pride o’ Worth” awards; so named after the SQA motto and taken from Robert Burns’ poem, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”.

SQA will also offer its highest accolade, the SQA Fellowship, to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to education and training in Scotland.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “The SQA Star Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise learners for their achievements but also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres – the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who deliver our qualifications. The ceremony gives us a chance to thank the people who give our learners the guidance and encouragement they need to realise their potential. I congratulate all the finalists on making it this far in the competition and wish them the very best of luck on the night!”

The SQA Star Awards will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and is supported by a number of sponsors, including Education Scotland, the SCQF Partnership and Skills Development Scotland.