The End of July already and just a few short weeks until we are busy, busy with all our new and returning students. This past week has seen some goodbyes, so let’s tell you about them.
Au Revoir – Haste ye back!
Our three placement students from Marseille finish up this week and return to France next Tuesday. Adrien, Fabien and Sebastain have had a marvellous time in Glasgow. As well as working hard on their IT projects, they have really enjoyed being in Scotland.
Apart from visiting numerous pubs and clubs, the lads have been to Edinburgh and Glengoyne Distillery. They have really come to know Glasgow well through their visits to most of Glasgow’s museums and parks, the Glasgow bus tour, Glasgow University, the cathedral and Necropolis, and the Willow Tearooms.
Fabien particularly liked the architecture at Glasgow University, Adrien’s favourite was Glengoyne Distillery, while Sebastian enjoyed the parks and the fact that the museums were free.
Most of all, the lads liked the friendliness of the Glasgow people, the nightlife and the buskers.
Many thanks to John Gallagher, Lorna McNiven and Claire McLaren from quality for looking after Adrien so well. Thanks also to David Hughes, Anne Porter and the computing team for looking after Fabien and Sebastien. Special thanks to Helen King, Helen Wooley and the rest of the catering team for the way they looked after the lads.
The boys hope to return to Glasgow in the future.
Disappearing Into The Sunset…
Husband and wife Gary and Jacqueline Blair say goodbye to Stow this week and head off to an exciting new life. They have bought a one-way ticket to sunny Spain where they plan to stay for a month or two…or three…as the fancy takes them.
Jacqueline joined Stow in 1997 as a temporary clerical assistant and has been one of the mainstays of business development since being made permanent in 1999.
Gary started as a campus officer in 2000 and brought his specialised joinery skills to the college where he was involved in lots of major refurbishments over the years, including Cafe Connect on the fifth floor. Gary moved on to become Health and Safety Officer in 2010 and, as well as keeping us all safe, did great work for the Healthy Working Lives initiative.
Gary and Jacqueline were married in Las Vegas in 2008.
At a small ceremony this Tuesday, Assistant Principal Audrey Miller and Depute Principal Alex McLean thanked Gary and Jacqueline for all their hard work over the years and wished them both well for the future.
Best wishes to Michael Docherty
Long time Stow staff member Michael Docherty also said goodbye to Stow and headed off to retirement at the end of June. Lots of Stow staff came to say goodbye and good luck to the ever-popular Mike at a leaving do organised by his colleagues.
Mike’s long association with Stow started in 1967 when he attended Stow part-time to study TV and radio repair as an apprentice. After a period of owning and running shops, Mike turned to taxi driving for a living. He became interested in computers in the early days of home computers and started evening classes in computing at Stow in 1984, the era of the Commodore PETs which used audio cassetes for backing storage. At the time he was still driving taxis but did an HNC Computer Studies at Stow which he finished in 1989. The staff were so impressed with Mike that he was offered a part-time teaching post.
He moved to John Wheatley College for a permanent post in 1992 but retained close links with his former colleagues at Stow. He completed an Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies on day release at Bell College in Hamilton, and returned to Stow as a lecturer in 1997. At his leaving do, Mike said the phone call he got from Ron Dillin offering him the Stow job was the best call he ever had.
Mike progressed to Section Leader in Computing, then Depute Head of Engineering. While in computing, he was a leading figure in developing the HNC Computer Games Development course in 2005, the first course of its kind in Scotland. He was always at the forefront, pushing the boundaries, trying to learn more new technologies and moving the college forward.
Mike is well known for his cheery demeanour, vast store of funny stories and apt phrases. Among his many phrases are: (when offering food), ‘Get wired in, your dad’s an electrician'; and (When looking at a thin person), ‘I’ve seen more meat on a butcher’s pencil’.
A keen mountaineer, skier and DIY enthusiast, Mike is looking forward to his retirement and plans to move to France permanently.
Mike is pictured with a photoshopped picture of him as an action hero, created by Billy Taggart of Computing.
Farewell To Jim Anderson!
June also saw the retirement of Computing lecturer Jim Anderson after many years at Stow. His colleagues turned out in force to wish him all the best. He is pictured here with David Hughes, Head of Creative Industries, who gave a funny and heartfelt speech about Jim’s career at Stow.
Jim joined Stow after a long career in IT , mainly with British Steel at Ravenscraig near Motherwell. Jim joked that all of his previous employers had closed down and he hoped that the new merged college would flourish in years to come.
Jim’s speciality was Systems Analysis and Design but he always took on new initiatives and for many years was course organiser for NC Computing courses at Stow. During this time, he and Lynn Forbes introduced a great enterprise project for students involving buying antiques and collectables at McTear’s auction house and selling them on ebay or at an auction in the college. This was recognised by HMIE as sector leading innovative practice.
Recently, Jim took on the role of Learner Champion; a role he fulfilled with great success.
Jim heads off for retirement where he can spend more time with his family and his favourite hobby, buying and selling antiques and collectables.
We wish him all the very best.
Learner Services Assistance – Funding!!
Many students often experience financial hardship at the beginning of term if their funding is not in place. Avoid this by applying early for funding.
If you have an offer for an HNC, HND or a Degree course, you should apply to SAAS (Student Award Agency for Scotland) for funding now. As most students in Scotland apply to SAAS for funding, it is important that you do so as early as possible.
Remember, SAAS can take up to eight weeks to process applications so Don’t Delay, Apply Today!
You will need to apply online at http://www.saas.gov.uk
If you have any queries or require more information please have a look at the College HE Funding Video at the link below:
HE VIDEO – http://goo.gl/mWtzC
If you have an offer for an NC, NQ, Access or Pathways course you will need to apply for the college bursary. The bursary packs have recently been posted out. If you haven’t received yours please contact Learner Services.
For further information about bursary funding please click the following link:
Bursary Information – http://goo.gl/4fjpa
That’s us all finished for this week, but come back again next Friday for some more news.