Events students are commended at awards

Edinburgh College students who raised thousands of pounds for charity were honoured at the Scottish events industry’s top awards on October 7th, for showing they can stage events of professional standard.

Two teams each picked up commendations in the Best Student Event Award category at the Scottish Event Awards. The students received their commendations for the fundraising events they organised as part of their course work for BA (Hons) Events Management. Along with other student groups from Edinburgh College’s Events Management courses, they helped raised a total of £20, 000 for a range of charities.

One of the commended teams organised a fashion show featuring people with dementia as models to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. Service users, carers, staff and volunteers at the charity’s Fife Dementia Resource Centre in Kirkcaldy took to the catwalk as models at the event, which raised more than £700 for the charity.

The second team organised a sell-out mini fringe festival at the Voodoo Rooms, featuring musical acts and a magician. The team raised £2,200 for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

The students learned of their success at the Scottish Event Awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

Edinburgh College principal Annette Bruton said: “The students on our Events Management courses make a fantastic contribution to charities and raised more than £20, 000 altogether last year. These commendations are testament to the hard work and professionalism the students put into organising their events, as well as the support they receive from their lecturers. I’m sure that this recognition is just the first step towards successful careers in the events industry.”

The Scottish Event Awards honour the best events of various types across a range of sectors. They are run the magazine and the marketing website The Drum.