We are delighted to learn that the College has been nominated as a Finalist in the forthcoming Herald H E Awards. Against a tough field of candidates in the Innovative Use of Technology category, the College’s Jewellery project, ‘Making Jewellery in a Digital World’, has certainly sparkled.
The nomination tracks the planning and highly successful implementation of the project at the start of the pandemic. The Jewellery department seized the opportunity of online learning by accessing cross-college resources to deliver an innovative and technology-driven approach to learning jewellery-making skills, encouraging creative talent through the use of instructional video, Computer Aided Design techniques (CAD) and 3D printing.
This approach has now been embedded within the programme, helping students to develop new cutting-edge and industry-standard digital skills, as well as the required hand-skills for their craft and the course consistently witnesses a high retention and success rate.
A rapid and innovative response by the Jewellery and Creative Industries team to a unique set circumstances has proven the College’s ability to rise to the challenge. The project has been highlighted as best practice and the model now adapted to enhance other areas within the curriculum.
Vice Principal – Curriculum, Robin Ashton, said:
"We are thrilled to be shortlisted at these prestigious awards. It’s satisfying to see recognition of our innovative and talented staff who turned a challenge into an opportunity which benefits students across the board and has allowed us to support those working in the Jewellery industry and beyond."
The ‘Innovative Use of Technology’ category is sponsored by JiSc and the College is up against projects from University of Dundee and Scotland’s Rural College.
The Awards Ceremony is scheduled to be held at the beginning of June at a glittering event in Glasgow’s Radisson Blue Hotel. Our fingers are crossed for success on the night!