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SRUC Elmwood Campus Prizewinners 2017

SRUC Elmwood Campus recently held their awards ceremony.  The event recognised and celebrated individual achievements of their further education students in an afternoon event held in the Elmwood Campus, Cupar.

SRUC Elmwood Campus 2017 prizewinners

SRUC Elmwood Campus 2017 prizewinners

The guest speaker was David James, Assistant Principal and Head of Education Division and Regional Dean.  The awards and certificates were presented by David Hume, Head of Sports & Tourism.

Amongst the awards were The Police Scotland Award North East Fife Police Good Citizen Award which was presented to HND Animal Care student Seonaid Swanney, because of her continuous volunteering activities and for being a peer mentor for over 10 years.

The SRUCSA awards voted for by Elmwood Campus Students was presented to Anne Laing, Golf and Sports Tutor for Best staff member.   Steven Park, Studying SVQ 3 Parks, Gardens & Green Spaces was awarded the prize for being the most active student.

Other notable winners were;

Stephanie Haworth: Derek Young Quaich for outstanding contribution to college life.

Stephanie Haworth with her award at SRUC Elmwood

Stephanie, who studied NC Conservation at Elmwood, came to the college after seeking a change of career. Stephanie has worked in catering since the age of 15, but with hobbies including surfing, diving and walking, a career outdoors was something that appealed more to her.

During her time at Elmwood Stephanie says that the best part was working with her classmates in Skye, where they were building  pathways.

“It was a lot of hard work but it was very rewarding”.  Another highlight for Stephanie was the orienteering and volunteering aspect of the course.

Stephanie has applied and successfully received a well sought after place on Scotland’s Natural Heritage year long work placement.  She will enjoy four seasons working on the Isle of May and Tentsmuir National Nature Reserves alongside the resident countryside rangers and volunteers.

“I’m very excited about the placement, the first week will involve training and working through all the qualifications needed before I can start – including the ATV certificate.  Then it will be straight into the hard work – I can hardly wait!”

Stephanie loves conservation and is passionate about raising awareness and sharing her knowledge with the public who will be visiting the sites.  “I hope that the placement will provide me with the opportunity for potential employers to see me work.  My ideal job would be a conservation manager for an organisation like the John Muir Trust.  Being able to show people what we are doing and why we are doing it”.

Colin Orr: Brian Laing Memorial Prize and St Andrews Gardening Club Award for Best Practical NC Level 5 Horticulture Student

Colin Orr with his award at SRUC Elmwood

Colin Orr, originally from Didcot, Oxfordshire has spent the last 14 years living in Scotland.  After a successful career as a mental health nurse and formerly as a regional manager with a popular bookstore, Colin decided he needed a change of career and was quick to hear about Elmwood’s horticultural department’s reputation.

Colin had worked alongside his father on the family allotment from a young age and had continued his interest in gardening into adulthood.

Helping a friend, and former Elmwood student, with a walled garden project two days a week, Colin was able to balance studying with employment.

“I already had some knowledge but coming to college was a massive benefit.  I found the studying and the theory interesting and would then be outside doing the practical work with the right tools and the right techniques”.


Liga Sprukte: Catherine and Andrew Philp Quaich

Liga Sprutke with her award at SRUC Elmwood

Liga currently works for G1 group in a Mexican restaurant in St Andrews, a job she says she wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the qualification she gained at Elmwood campus.

Liga moved to Cupar three years ago with her husband and three children and with 4 years cookery experience she gained in Latvia, Liga wanted to achieve a qualification which would make her more employable.

She was delighted when she discovered the college on her door step had a hospitality section complete with training kitchen, training restaurant and training bakery. Liga has particularly enjoyed the study trips which has offered her an insight into the Scottish culture and Scottish foods, including a visit to the Old Course in St Andrews and the Byre theatre where she and her fellow students catered for a weekend event with a specialised vegan menu.

Liga, who particularly enjoys cake making, is coming back to Elmwood after the Summer to progress onto the HNC Hospitality course. “I’m looking forward to learning more skills and theory. I want to gain as much information as I can about the different dishes”.

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