International Women’s Day 2019 – Meet our inspiring females

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 we’re taking a look back at the successes of some our inspiring females who, through their achievements, are helping to forge a more gender-balanced world. #BalanceforBetter

Graphic Design student Natalie inspired Scotland’s young people at the first ever TEDxYouth@Glasgow event. She was selected to give a talk on ‘Art or Science?’ encouraging audience members to explore new ideas, consider the other option and discover their full potential.

Sixteen-year-old Jessica O’Leary was awarded an electric vehicle scholarship. The IMI Level 1 Transport Maintenance (Light Vehicle) Certificate student was given the scholarship, run by the Edinburgh College Development Trust and funded by Alex F Noble & Son, as a result of her enthusiasm for automotive engineering and dedication to wanting to forge a successful career in the motoring industry.

Scottish actor Karen Gillan became the patron of our Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), where she trained before launching a career that has brought her worldwide acclaim and box office success. Karen caught up with a couple of our Acting and Performance students ahead of her ‘patron of PASS’ announcement to tell them about her journey through the industry.

Edinburgh College Graphic Design student Niamh Curran was named Star Creative Student at the Marketing Society Star Awards 2018. She was presented with the award at the ceremony after impressing judges with her work and beating off stiff competition from other college and university students across Scotland to be crowned the winner.

Hospitality Management graduate Marta Villacorta was named among the best of British at the British Education Awards 2019. Marta was shortlisted in the Vocational category following an amazing year in which she raised more than £2,000 for Phabkids charity.

BA (Hons) Photography graduate Mhairi Bell-Moodie opened the doors to a photography exhibition aimed at encouraging women who have overcome life-changing ordeals to find a safe space to tell their stories. Mhairi Campus, opened ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Edinburgh.