Stewart honoured at awards ceremony Archive for 2016

Release Date: 31 October 2016

The Caird Hall bulged at the seams on, Friday, October 28, when D&A College annual awards ceremony took place.

Stewart Souter DA Graduation
D&A College Principal’s Merit Award winner Stewart Souter tries a graduation gown and hood for size with the help of Alanna Duncan, support worker.

About 450 students who successfully completed Higher National programmes such as HNC, HND or BA degree; SVQ and PDA awards, attended along with 1500 family and friends.

One special guest among the platform party was Gillian Easson, Director of Creative Dundee.

The former 3-D design student was at the heart of the city gaining UNESCO City of Design status, was involved in this year’s Dundee Design Festival and has worked with the National Galleries of Scotland, and V&A Museum of Design, Dundee.

Gillian was delighted to be asked to address this year’s crop of award winners saying:

“As a former D&A College student it will be nice to briefly speak about my own career path after finishing, and how college prepared me for my current involvement in the city.”

A prize-winning D&A student received a special award as he crossed the stage.

Due to a rare condition, Stewart Souter uses a wheelchair and endures a range of problems because of impaired muscle co-ordination, and therefore could not participate in a work placement – essential to completing the HNC social care programme.

In all other areas of the course, however, the Grove Academy FP’s commitment proved second to none with both his tutors and classmates viewing Stewart as an integral member of the group.

So much so that Jane Roscoe, group tutor, petitioned the college executive for a dispensation to allow the 32-year-old to be included in the college graduation ceremony along with his classmates.

“Stewart has Friedreich’s ataxia, which causes nervous system damage and worsens over time,” said Jane.

“It does not, however, effect cognitive function – and Stewart’s exemplary work pays testament to this.”

In a break with tradition it was agreed that Stewart should attend the ceremony and would be honoured with The Principal’s Merit Award – Social Care.

This isn’t the first time the Broughty Ferry resident has been honoured D&A College, last year he won the Armistead Prize for Personal Achievement.

“I have really enjoyed my time at college,” said Stewart.

“Both the staff and my fellow students have played a vital part in academic progress here at Gardyne Campus.”