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The Malcolm MacKenzie Award for Excellence in Education.

This award is made annually to two senior pupils in Clydebank High School and two senior pupils in St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank.  The students concerned will have been judged by senior staff in these schools to have made significant academic progress in the face of challenges and be individuals who would benefit from pursuing their careers in further or higher education.

The award is made by The Educational Colloquium of the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and the West of Scotland, a forum for educational debate started in the 1950s and continuing to the present day. The prizes are made in the name of Malcolm L. MacKenzie (1938 – 2014) who was a much-loved lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow and who was born and brought up in Clydebank. He attended Clydebank High School and did well academically, becoming school captain in session 1955-56.   He took an Arts degree at Glasgow University graduating with Honours in English; qualified thereafter as a teacher at Jordanhill College of Education; and, in his early years of teaching, studied part-time for a Master of Education degree at Glasgow University.  Following a spell on the staff at Jordanhill College, he was appointed to the University of Glasgow and worked there for the rest of his career.



Malcolm MacKenzie was an outstanding teacher, inspiring his students with his skill and incisiveness in explaining complex ideas in accessible ways: his lectures were delivered with style and humour and inspired personal engagement by the listeners. He made a significant impact on public policy in Scotland through his debates with professional educators across the country. Many of his students went on to hold senior positions of distinction in Scottish education – as head teachers, inspectors, administrators and lecturers.  He is remembered as a lively, well-read individual: it was always a pleasure to be in the presence of his warm and witty intellect.  These qualities are celebrated in the prizes which are made in his name and awarded to high achieving students of Clydebank.


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The first recipients of the Malcolm L. MacKenzie award for excellence in education. Pupils Sophia Cocozza and Ross Elder with Acting Head Teacher David Docherty of Clydebank High School and Evelyn Mattaka and Jordan Murray along with Linda Booth Head Teacher of St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank.


Mr Frank Pignatelli and Mrs Pignatelli along with Professor Donald Gillies (Colloquium Chair) presenting the awards to the pupils of Clydebank High School, Sophia Cocozza and Ross Elder with Acting Head Teacher David Docherty and from St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank, Evelyn Mattaka and Jordan Murray along with Linda Booth Head Teacher.


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The 2016 recipients of the Malcolm L. MacKenzie award for excellence in education. Pupils Daniel Hunter and Louise Gallacher of St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank and Jack McKinlay and Katie Young of Clydebank High School.


Recipients of the Malcolm L. MacKenzie Award

Ms Angela Pignatelli along with Professor Donald Gillies (Colloquium Chair) presenting the awards to the pupils of Clydebank High School, Jack McKinlay and Katie Young with Head Teacher Jacqui Lynam and from St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank, Louise Gallacher and Daniel Hunter along with Head Teacher Linda Booth.

Pupils Biogs can be read here: Clydebank High School.  -  St Peter the Apostle High School.


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Mr Frank Pignatelli, Joe McDowell (Colloquium Chair), Opening Dinner Speaker Clare English, presenting the awards to the pupils of Clydebank High School, Emma Mair and Lewis Priest with Head Teacher Jacqui Lynam and from St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank, Jennifer McNeil and Ryan McGonagle along with Head Teacher Linda Booth.



The 2017 recipients of the Malcolm L. MacKenzie award for excellence in education. Pupils Emma Mair and Lewis Priest of Clydebank High School and Jennifer McNeil and Ryan McGonagle of St Peter the Apostle High School.


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