West Lothian College is proud to have been shortlisted in four categories for the CDN College Awards 2021.

The College Development Network College Awards 2021 recognise talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by colleges, their staff and their students. Winners will be announced at a celebration ceremony in Glasgow on Thursday 9 December 2021.

Aaron Hume, has been shortlisted for Student of the Year thanks to his work in advocating on behalf of those who are underrepresented. He leads by example in changing the way people look at those with disabilities.

The Man Cave, a safe space created for male students and staff at the college to talk about mental health, was shortlisted for the Health and Wellbeing award. Born of a rise in male suicides, lecturer Thomas Barlow and Matt Farnham, a member of the student support team, created a safe virtual and physical space for men to open up about the challenges they face.

Thomas said: "The Man Cave is so happy that we’ve been short listed for this award. It means the world to everyone who has attended the meetings and everyone who has supported us.

"Thanks to everyone at West Lothian College, in particular our Principal Jackie Galbraith for showing faith in us and supporting us as much as she can."

The college was also shortlisted in two categories, Employer Connections and Innovation, for its national response to developing the skills of key workers through the pandemic.

College Principal, Jackie Galbraith said:

“I am so pleased that our staff and students have been shortlisted for four national awards. This is highly deserved recognition for the fantastic work they do and everyone at the college is so proud of them. No matter what the outcome is in December, shortlisted staff and students will be celebrating at the ceremony in Glasgow!”