Meet International Women’s Day heroes

It’s International Women’s Day today so we’re celebrating just some of the incredible women who make up our Edinburgh College community. We hope you agree that this lot are a total inspiration.

Edinburgh College graduate Sally Conway won a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics in the women’s 70kg judo. We caught up with her after she landed back home to learn about her Rio experience.

Edinburgh College graduate Jan Irvine was shortlisted for an Icon award last year, given to people who have made great contributions to LGBTI issues. Jan was nominated her part in an award-winning BBC documentary that covered her gender reassignment.

Two Edinburgh College photography students snapped their way to prizes in a UK-wide competition in 2016 to find the UK’s best trainee photographer, beating competition from 800 college and university rivals. Susan Williamson and Fiona Johnson won two of the 10 runners-up prizes in the Calumet Student Photographer of the Year competition, run by the photography supplies firm. The pair are on the college’s BA Photography programme.

A former Edinburgh College music student and singer Molly MacDermott, known on stage as MOMAC, was named winner of the youth category at the Unsigned Music Awards 2016 in London. The 17-year-old fought off stiff competition from 4,000 other entrants to win the top prize.

A promising new Scottish choreographer, Hannah Mason, is the first dance artist in residence at Edinburgh College where she is supporting the next generation of dancers in Scotland.

Hannah graduated from the college’s Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) with a first class honours degree in Dance in June and has returned to Edinburgh College to be its first dance artist in residence until next June.

The incredible 72-year-old Ada Pagan has racked up 78 qualifications across a broad range of subjects. And her dedication to lifelong learning led to a nomination for a Scottish Qualifications Authority Star Award 2016.

Ada, who is currently studying Advance Criminology through open learning, has six A levels, 17 Highers, 11 O grades, 9 O levels, more than 20 credits in business subjects, four certificates in public speaking, four certificates in counselling and therapy, a HNC in Business Administration and a HNC in Languages and Tourism. She earned 55 of her qualifications at Edinburgh College and its legacy colleges in 40 years of study here.