West Lothian College student wins British Education Award

Personal endeavour and commitment has won a former West Lothian College student Brogan Burns a prestigious British Education Award (BEA).


British Education Awards (BEA) promote excellence in British education and inspire the pursuit of learning.


Brogan picked up a top accolade, in the Vocational category which acknowledges that success comes down to personal endeavour and application. The Award recognises that educational attainment is not possible without the desire and commitment of each student to further themselves through knowledge and learning.


Brogan started at West Lothian College 2014 as an NC level 6 Art and Design student, exceptionally quiet in class and conscientious in her studies.  A young mum, Brogan juggled her studies with family and work commitments whilst fully engaging in her studies.


Hazel Brady, Head of Business and Creative from West Lothian College said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Brogan won the British Education Award for the Vocational category, she thoroughly deserves the recognition.  On behalf of West Lothian College I would like congratulate her on achieving this prestigious accolade”.


"Brogan's tutors recognised her talent and commitment and encouraged her to apply for the HNC Contemporary Art Practice at West Lothian College to develop her portfolio. We were thrilled when Brogan was accepted for all four major art schools in Scotland where applications are extremely competitive and offered direct entry to second year of Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art.  Brogan is an excellent learner, a real inspiration to all aspiring learners and a credit to her family and West Lothian College - we wish her every success in her future.


Alex Harvey, Contemporary Art Practice lecturer also commented, "Brogan was an exceptional student who worked really hard to pursue her aspirations of going to art school she was a delight to have in class. In our eyes Brogan has always been a star, it is wonderful that the level of achievement Brogan has attained has been recognised amongst Britain’s highest achievers.”


The British Education Awards ceremony was held in the stunning De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Monday 30th of  January.  Brogan was accompanied to the event by her partner Jack Townsley, Hazel Brady, Alex Harvey and her mum Frances Burns who were delighted to see her pick up the award.



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