Three directors from Glasgow and the West of Scotland win IoD Scotland national awards

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland announced the winners of its Director of the Year Awards 2021 last night
  • A new category for 2021, Agility and Resilience Director of the Year, was won by Lynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services Ltd from Kilmarnock.
  • Vivienne MacLaren, Chair of Scottish Women’s Football, was given the prestigious Chair’s Award
IoD Scotland Winner Awards

IoD Scotland revealed national winners of its Director of the Year Awards 2021 at a live online ceremony hosted by Shereen Nanjiani last night (9 December).

The three winners of national awards from Glasgow and the West of Scotland are:

  • The inaugural IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Agility & Resilience award was won by Lynn Laughland, Managing Director at HRM Homecare Services Ltd. This new award paid tribute to the commitment and drive shown by leaders during the pandemic. The judges commented that Lynn went to extraordinary lengths to increase HRM’s critical care service offering during the pandemic, providing the highest level of front-line support to the most vulnerable.
  • Dr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights Activist won IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. The judges commented that she embodies the values of equality and inclusion through her determination to highlight inequalities and socially constructed barriers for disabled people, and actively seeks out new platforms through which to increase awareness of these issues, as well as potential solutions.
  • Dr Brian Williamson, Chairman at 4icg, took home IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-Executive. The Judging Panel recognised his hard work to support ambitions for the group to be dominant in Europe in the next three years. The judges commented on his success as an inspirational leader who keeps looking forward while ensuring firm foundations are in place.

The regional Director of the Year 2021 for Glasgow and the West of Scotland was revealed as James Gillespie, Chief Executive at Kibble Education and Care Centre, who was described as being an outstanding leader of an outstanding, sector-leading child and youth care charity. Kibble has 650+ staff who provide 24/7 specialist child and youth care support to at risk children and young people.

The awards, headline sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, announced the national winners of the 12 director categories, seven regional categories and four discretionary awards to celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2021.

Four discretionary awards were also given including the ‘IoD Scotland Chair’s Award’ which was presented to Vivienne MacLaren. In her role as Chair at Scottish Women’s Football, Vivienne has transformed the organisation and it is recognised as being an important and growing influencer in Scottish sport.

Lucy McKee was presented with the inaugural ‘IoD Scotland One to Watch Award’. Her motivation for the work she tirelessly does is nothing to do with personal gain and everything to do with wanting to make a difference for others. She uses her voice in her role as Chair of the Board (aged only 18) of ACE Youth to celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity, and is now a membership Ambassador for the national charity, ENABLE.

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented on the winners: “Leaders have faced an incredibly challenging two years in businesses and cross sector organisations across the country, with many being forced to pivot operations and switch from thriving to surviving and back to thriving. The awards honour the resilience and tenacity of those directors, celebrating the leaders who are continuing to drive Scotland’s economy and communities forward with passion and determination despite the most extraordinary conditions. The standard of entries was excellent this year, and I’d like to congratulate all of the individual and regional winners, as well as all of the shortlisted finalists.”

The full list of individual winners of the IoD Scotland Director of the Year 2021 Awards include:

Award CategoryWinner (and Highly Commended)Based in
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large BusinessDuncan MacLean, Candle Shack LimitedFalkirk
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium BusinessSimon Poole, Jerba Campervans LtdNorth Berwick
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – InternationalNeale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)Rosyth
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Agility & Resilience Sponsored by InsightsLynn Laughland, HRM Homecare Services LtdHighly Commended: Shelley Booth, Shelley Booth. The Feel Look Be FormulaKilmarnockDundee  
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Family Business Sponsored by Turcan ConnellMichael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group LimitedKirkcaldy
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Third Sector Sponsored by SCVOAlastair Davis, Social Investment ScotlandHighly Commended: Jane-Claire Judson, Chest, Heart & Stroke ScotlandEdinburgh Edinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public SectorDr John Scally, previously National Library of ScotlandEdinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Young Sponsored by Badenoch + ClarkKathryn Strachan, Copy House LtdHighly Commended: Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Edinburgh Dog and Cat HomeEdinburghEdinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Sponsored by Scottish GovernmentDr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights ActivistHighly Commended: Philip Gerrard, Deaf Action  GlasgowEdinburgh  

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Innovation Sponsored by Wheatley Group  
Viana Maya, pRESPECT / pRESPECT HUB CICEdinburgh
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Sustainability Sponsored by Zero Waste ScotlandSara Roberts, Healthy NibblesLoanhead
IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-ExecutiveDr Brian Williamson, 4icgGlasgow
Regional Directors of the Year 2021
Edinburgh & LothiansSimon Poole, Jerba Campervans LtdHighly Commended: Andrew Johnstone, Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd
Central ScotlandDuncan Maclean, Candle Shack Limited
Glasgow & West of ScotlandJames Gillespie, Kibble Education and Care Centre
Highlands & IslandsAlan James, AJ Engineering & Construction Services
Fife & TaysideMichael Longstaffe, Smith Anderson Group LimitedHighly Commended: Neale Campbell, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd (t/a Babcock LGE)
South of ScotlandJoanna Campbell, Dumfries and Galloway College
Aberdeen & GrampianDr Idara Umoh, The Sidylle Group
IoD Scotland Discretionary Awards 2021
IoD Scotland Chair’s AwardVivienne MacLaren, Scottish Women’s Football
IoD Scotland One to Watch AwardLucy McKee, ENABLE Scotland
IoD Scotland Leadership in Learning AwardDr Ken Thomson OBE, Forth Valley College
IoD Scotland Young Enterprise Scotland Award – the evening highlighted the achievements of both 2020 and 2021 winners2020: Finlay Matthews, Glasgow Academy 2021: Christian McCulloch, George Watson’s College


Sponsors and Supporters of the Director of the Year Awards

  • Badenoch + Clark, Insights, SCVO, The Scottish Government, Turcan Connell, Wheatley Group, Zero Waste Scotland, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Caithness Glass, Kinloch Anderson, Solo Films, Young Enterprise Scotland

About IoD/IoD Scotland 

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of public sector bodies, charities and start-up companies. 
  • IoD in Scotland has seven branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Central, Fife and Tayside, South of Scotland, Aberdeen and Highlands & Islands –
  • The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
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IoD Scotland reveals Glasgow business leaders shortlisted for national awards

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland has announced the 47 leaders shortlisted for the Director of the Year Awards 2021.
  • This year features a new category recognising the ‘Agility and Resilience’ of leaders during the pandemic.

IoD Scotland has today revealed that business leaders from Glasgow and the West of Scotland are finalists for national awards across five categories at the 2021 Director of the Year awards. Finalists from the region have shown particular strength in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion category with two finalists and the Non-Executive category with a further two finalists.

Seven business leaders from Glasgow and the West of Scotland have been shortlisted for the national awards, including:

  • Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland & Strathclyde Sirens
  • Dr Julie McElroy, Academic & Disability Rights Activist
  • Alastair MacNish OBE, previously Wheatley Group
  • Brian Williamson, 4icg

The awards, headline sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, celebrate individuals’ business accomplishments in 2021 and the winners will be crowned at a live online ceremony on Thursday 9 December.

The awards will pay tribute to the focus and drive of leaders over the last 12 months, at a time where strong leadership has been vital to ensuring the successful economic and social recovery of Scotland. To honour this, the IoD has introduced a new award for 2021; The Agility and Resilience Director of the Year. This title will be awarded to the leader whose efforts to tackle the continuous challenges of 2020 went ‘above and beyond’. Two finalists have been shortlisted in this category from Glasgow and the West of Scotland, Lesslie Young, CEO of Epilepsy Scotland and Lynn Laughland, Managing Director at HRM Homecare Services Ltd.

Louise Macdonald OBE, National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, many organisations are re-evaluating and refocusing their objectives, which is a process that heavily relies on the insight and leadership of directors. During the most challenging times the truly inspirational leaders shine through even more brightly among their peers, and our Director of the Year Awards are a way to celebrate that talent and strength of Scottish business leaders

“We were keen to acknowledge the work of directors in steering their organisations through the pandemic with our ‘Agility and Resilience’ award. Some leaders have shown outstanding strength and determination during these tumultuous times, and I’m so proud to be able to celebrate and recognise every one of their efforts later in the year at our ceremony to announce the winners.”

Dr Julie McElroy inducted into Hall of Fame at College Expo20

CDNBWCDN is delighted to welcome Dr Julie McElroy as the third inductee of the CDN College Hall of Fame.

The Glasgow Clyde College graduate and prolific disability rights advocate was presented with her award by Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, at CDN’s Virtual College Expo20 on Thursday 11th June 2020.

College Expo is Scotland’s landmark event for everyone involved in post-16 education and training. It is a celebration of college excellence, a hub for staff development and practical innovation.

Julie has Cerebral Palsy, which has resulted in walking difficulties, along with a speech and hearing impairment, and manual dexterity problems. Despite the difficulties associated with her disability, Julie progressed to mainstream education, honing her self-leadership to turn her life around.

She completed a Higher National Diploma, along with other qualification merits in Further Education, at Glasgow Clyde College from 2003 to 2006, and went to study for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology at the University of the West of Scotland.

Julie found her research specialism when writing her dissertation, ‘A Critical Investigation into Best Practice for Implementing Assistive Technology in Further and Higher Education’ and went on to complete her PhD in Assistive Technology within the School of Computing at University of the West of Scotland.

She has become a prolific disability rights advocate over the years, and has an impressive track record, with many awards to her name, including: Scottish Learning Partnership’s Adult Learner of the Year and Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost Award for her contribution to disability in Glasgow. Julie was also the first female and youngest person to be awarded the Glasgow Clyde College Fellowship.

Julie said:

“The news is still sinking in that I have been inducted in the CDN Hall of Fame. I feel honoured to be recognised by the Further Education sector and the accolade will hold me in high regard in my pursuing my future career aspirations. It is hard to believe that it was only eight years ago when the college bestowed me with the College’s Fellowship.

“The CDN Hall of Fame is a fantastic recognition for Glasgow Clyde College, formerly of Cardonald College. It is a true testament to how the college has transformed my outlook in life. Since leaving the college, the connection has always remained. I am indebted to the college for nominating me into the CDN Hall of Fame.

“I hope that highlighting and recognising my story will inspire future students to succeed in their education pathway.”

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of College Development Network (CDN) said:

“The CDN College Hall of Fame is a way of highlighting and recognising the outstanding contribution that college graduates make to society and the economy; and demonstrates the variety of pathways to success from college. Julie is an absolute inspiration and we are delighted to induct her into the CDN College Hall of Fame and I hope to meet her in person sometime soon.”

Jon Vincent, Principal of Glasgow Clyde College said: “ Few are as deserving of this accolade as Julie. She has worked incredibly hard to achieve her PhD, and we are proud to have her as not only an alumni, but also as a Fellow of Glasgow Clyde College.

“Julie’s work as a disability rights activist has been inspirational, and she is a very worthy inductee of the CDN College Hall of Fame. We look forward to seeing what she achieves next”.



Rising Star Finalist for SWiT Awards 2019

Dr. Julie McElroy has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Rising Star category in the Scottish Women in Technology Awards 2019.

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The Rising Star category highlight women who are “a student, graduate, apprentice, or someone who is at the beginning of their technology journey and is acting as an advocate for technology and/or gender equality which is impacting the wider community. The winner of this award will demonstrate that they have an enthusiasm for tech and have the potential to be a future leader/source of inspiration in the sector” (SWiT, 2019).

Chloe Booth, Chief Product Owner – Tech Talent of Nationwide who nominated Julie for this Award. Chloe says “Julie is a pioneer and rising star in the field of Assistive Technology with an ambition to contribute to a global presence of Assistive Technologies.  Julie believes that people are our greatest asset. It is fair to say that best performances come from individuals who are user-led in the developments of Assistive Technologies. Through her own lived experience and her PhD in Assistive Technologies, which allowed her to investigate the learning experiences of disabled students in technology-rich learning environments, she has developed a specialism in accessibility and usability design, which is particularly relevant in the development of software solutions. This requires an understanding and awareness of a range of technologies in order to derive innovative and practical solutions. Her contribution was highly sought when she moved to University of Strathclyde to further her studies looking at the reutilisation of assistive technologies for a Masters in Knowledge Exchange which she is due to graduate in November later this year”.

The Scottish Women in Technology Awards will be an a prestigious awards ceremony to be held on 24th October 2019 at Radisson Blu Glasgow.


Julie McElroy, who is profoundly deaf and also has Cerebral Palsy, graduated University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at a ceremony at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church on Wednesday 12th July 2017 after successfully completing a ground-breaking PhD.

Julie’s PhD in Assistive Technology investigated the learning experiences of students with disabilities within tertiary education who use assistive technology as part of their learning experience. Julie hopes to use her research to develop a framework that can be used by education bodies to assist them in providing a better understanding of the key issues and interactions involved in the area of assistive technology.
Julie McElroy
Born with cerebral palsy, which affects the messages sent between the brain and the muscles as well affecting movements and co-ordination, Julie was told she would probably spend her life in a wheelchair.
Julie’s PhD studentship followed a degree in 2010 which she successfully completed at UWS. During her time at UWS she was awarded the UWS Court Medal 2010 for highest achieving student, won an Adult Learner of the Year Award 2012 from the Scottish Learning Partnership and awarded Glasgow Lord Provost Award in 2012.


Julie, commented:

“I want my research to influence the discussion to investigate disabled student experiences, understand their perspectives and hopefully contribute to a better understanding of students’ use of assistive technology and the extent to which it can enhance student learning and engagement.”




For further information contact:-

Niall Gordon (Senior Marketing Co-ordinator – PR)

Marketing & Communications, University of the West of Scotland

0141 848 3726 / 07764 285 882



Ultimate DofE Diamond Challenge

IMG_4484After ten months, Julie has put in the commitment and preparation into finding her ideal physical challenge which was the Strathkelvin Railway Path at Strathblanefield. This is going be quite a remarkable feat to conquer as her physical co-ordination is complex with her whole body moving all the time. With the effects of her muscles, she generates so much heat and uses far more energy to undertake these challenges. Robert Bell, Mountain Leader was on hand to support this challenge as he knows how much Julie’s body is up against with the spasticity in her body.

Robert Bell previously served fifteen years in the Army (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).  Since leaving, Robert has gone onto crave various careers and one them in the outdoor pursuits and is qualified in many areas of the outdoor with young people at the forefront of his fulfilment.

Robert said, ’Julie’s challenge is her disability, the complexity of her walking gait and of course, her deafness.  Julie can tire quite quickly due to the physical exertion on her body, this means not only will it be physically demanding but mentally too. However knowing of Julie’s previous achievements in the outdoor pursuits arena, I know her determination to succeed will get her through’.

Furthermore, Julie was tasked to deliver the ultimate DofE Scotland Diamond by asking  Al Kellock, former Scottish Rugby Union player having played for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland to accompany on this countryside sponsored walk, will help cement the DofEScotland Diamond Challenge and captalise on DofEScotland 60th Anniversary celebrations and generate much funds to help enable more young people to complete their Awards over the next five years.

The walk itself was tough let alone in 30 degrees heat. Due to the nature of my Cerebral Palsy combine with the unprecedented heat, my body was seizing up with cramps. Thanks with the support of Al Kellock and Rab I successful completed it. We were also joined by Bob Hope who also sit on the Scottish Advisory Committee for DofE Scotland.

It is opportunities like these that have a lasting impact for my personal development. It was a tough physical challenge, I was overwhelmed that I achieved it.

It now time to reflect on the immense achievement. I have certainly had an exciting time champion the work of DofE Scotland.

Third DofE Challenge Instalement

My Diamond DofE journey is still going strong and have managed to pack in a busy schedule for the month of June and July.

Before I embarked on the most awesome and exhilarating Tall Ship voyage aboard the Lord Nelson in June I also undertook a cycle around Millport. This was a remarkable achievement as I rarely cycle in my local area due to my profound deafness.

The voyage was from Greenock to Greenock for five days! We sailed to Islay, Carskiey and Loch Striven. This voyage was a challenge as we had challenging weather to contend with, snow, winds, rain, sunshine. It was a perfect opportunity to highlight the work of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Award as it celebrates its 60th Anniversary.

One of many highlights of the voyage is when I had the opportunity to climb the rigging. I became quite overwhelmed with emotions. It was the combination of the weather, the health and safety and the ability to climb the rigging during the torrential rain. When I finally reached the platform, the sense of achievement was surreal that I had climbed the rigging during the cold weather. I was so exposed to the rain and winds when I was high up. You can read more about my experiences in the log available to read.

In July, I was also on hand to celebrate and highlight the achievements of over 1000 Gold Award holders at Holyrood Palace.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to teaming with former Scottish Rugby Internationalist, Al Kellock in August to do a short sponsored walk with Rab Bell who will be supporting me along the way. Hope the weather is kind to us!

You can also read about how my DofE has change my life and to where I am now via the Daily Record.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award does change a young person’s lives as I have seen the bestowed effect that it has on my life so I urge you to pledge to make a donation to enable DofE Scotland to make a difference to other young people life and to allow many more to do the Award in the year of its 60th Anniversary.



2nd DofE Diamond Instalement

The last month in the build-up to my DofE Scotland Diamond Challenges has been about three attributes, preparation, investment and commitment.

Delighted to say everything on track to far with Tall Ship adventure in June which is literally days away and I am organised and packed! That’s explained how much I am looking forward to it and taking the work of DofE Scotland Diamond Challenge out to sea!FullSizeRender

The Tall Ship which will I be sailing on is called the Lord Nelson with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. It promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of Tall Ship sailing.

The Tall Ship will be challenging in every respect, rising during the night to start my Watch, cleaning toilets, pulling ropes. I will have the opportunity to develop seamanship skill, learning about steering the ship, navigation and climbed the rigging to work with the sails.  The weather is likely to be unpredictable too so the mentality will be put to the test too.

Also for the month of May, I have spent time sorting out my 2nd Diamond DofE Challenge which I will be teaming up with a true sportsman. He will be reveal in my next instalment! One of the obvious changes in my disability over the years is the complexity to handle my balance and spasticity. These combinations are making it challenging for me to undertake a physical climb as my body is coated spasticity entwined my endurance. Rab has seen it over the last 15 months since we’ve met so he knows how to adapt, what need to be done and carry on as normal!

Rab (Robert) Bell previously served fifteen years in the Army (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).  Since leaving, Rab has gone onto crave various careers and one them in the outdoor pursuits and is qualified in many areas of the outdoor with young people at the forefront of his fulfilment. He is a qualified National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS) course provider and assessor. Also a qualified Summer Mountain Leader registered with Mountain Training Association and accredited Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessor up to Gold level.  He is also an adult instructor with the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Over the few months, Rab and I have worked to assess what I can do, and Rab is lending his support these Diamond Challenge ‘Julie’s challenge is her disability, the complexity of her walking gait and of course, her deafness.  Julie can tire quite quickly due to the physical exertion on her body, this means not only will it be physically demanding but mentally too. However knowing of Julie’s previous achievements in the outdoor pursuits arena, I know her determination to succeed will get her through’.

I have been keeping Barry Fisher, Director of DofE Scotland up to date of my preparation for the Diamond Challenges, and he simply summed it up of what I have to go through and give pencil considerations to everything, “Wow – amazing to hear just what a difference the climb down makes in contrast to the climb up – but, as we have grown to know, your preparation for your challenge is impressive”.

In the next instalment you will be able to download my Tall Ship log and I will reveal my 2nd Diamond Challenge with the Scottish sportsman.

In the meantime, if you feel inspired by my DofE Diamond Challenge appeal, please donate generously to help more young people access and complete the DofE Award in Scotland.


First DofE Diamond Challenge

It is a pleasure to share my DofE Diamond Challenges Journey with you all and hope that you will be inspired to do your one-off DofE Diamond Challenge before December 2016 or donate to my DofE Diamond Challenge appeal.

As a recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, I know how much the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme had taught me about myself. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the catalyst for the young people.

Over the coming months, I am going to embark on three challenges which will give you an insight into many attributes that has required to plan these Challenges. Why have I chosen three Challenges because behind each Challenges has a story to tell and they will all interlinks into my DofE journey that I have managed to carve out. It is going to be tough – even one person who is involved in my other two challenges cited, “a lot of factors for you to consider before you take on this challenge Julie”. I am also planning to record video diaries of this journey so you see some of the people I meet along the way and many whom are strong advocate of the DofE Scotland.

My first DofE Diamond Challenge is embarking on Tall Ship Sailing voyage in June. It is literally only 6 weeks to go and have just passed my medical assessment for this once in a lifetime experience to be part of my DofE Diamond Challenges.

Life on the high sea is something few landlubbers will ever experience and I am so looking forward to going on a Tall Ship Sailing voyage. The adrenaline rush is going through me but I am slightly nervous with my disability is more noticeable. In recent years, my balance associated my Cerebral Palsy has become unsteady with hyperextension in my legs proving difficult to release the muscles tone. The main challenge will be grabbing onto things and make sure I don’t fall overboard! The overall experience is going to be exhilarating, challenging and rewarding working as a voyage crew to man a Tall Ship for five days around Scotland. It will have it challenges in terms of the Scottish weather at this time of year also! I will be keeping a Tall Ship log and share the peril of sea life with you all when I arrive back on dry land so you will have an opportunity to read it. In the meantime, I will update you days before I embark on this Tall Ship voyage in June.

I hope my Diamond Challenges inspire you to donate generously to give today’s young people are given the attributes to go forward on the DofE and give the young people need the necessity to propel them on a pathway to achieving their aspirations following the completion of the DofE Award.

To donate to Julie’s DofE Diamond Challenge Appeal: 

SIE Intern of the Year

Delighted to have been named SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprise) Intern of the Year for the University of the West of Scotland for the academic session of 2015/2016.

Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) are a government funded charitable organisation whose aim is to promote and support entrepreneurship and enterprise amongst Scotland’s students. My role within the university is to support SIE’s work and raise awareness of our competitions and services amongst students and educators.

This year, SIE appointed two interns for the University of the West of Scotland, Julie McElroy, who is currently a final year PhD student based within the University’s School of Computing, was born both profoundly deaf and with Cerebral Palsy, which affects the messages sent between the brain and the muscles as well as her movements and co-ordination and Angela Castellano is a second year undergraduate Web and Mobile Development student. Angela reprised her role having started with SIE in a voluntary Ambassador position in 2014 before becoming an SIE intern last year.

Julie and Angela’s remit with the SIE was to complement the current activities of the SIE team, working closely to support initiatives which stimulate entrepreneurship within the student population at UWS. The key requirement was to support SIE activities and initiatives, for the benefit of UWS.

This year has been a successful year for SIE at UWS as Julie and Angela set out a clear objective to engage with staff and students at UWS. During their seven months internship, they have covered all four campuses, engaged with over 100 staff, engaged with over 1000 students. UWS interns were the first to represent at the first TEEN (Tertiary Education Enterprise Network) and more importantly encouraging students to enter annual SIE cash prizes competitions.

Julie says ” I am delighted for UWS and SIE. We set out to achieve & deliver a transformational turnaround for them both before I finished University.  Angela and I had a vision to improve engagement, collaboration with staff and connection with students. The rewards of hard work paid off. Thankyou to all the staff and students throughout UWS this year for their engagement”.