Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau's art department staff go the extra mile

Art and Design tutors at the Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Dolgellau campus have recently been commended for their dedication to those students who study with them, after volunteering to deliver much-need college art equipment to the students' homes during lockdown!

Shortly after the second lockdown it became apparent that those students on the Foundation Art course were finding it difficult to access equipment and resources to carry out their work for the course.

Euros Wyn Hughes, programme area manager for Arts, Media, Health and Care at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said:

"Following an Art course, especially our Foundation course, means that our students are expected to create work of a high standard. In normal times, students would have access to industry standard resources and equipment here at the college for them to partake fully in the course.

"It became clear during the lockdown period that we as staff in the Art and Design department had to find a new way of working and supporting our students, given that many were at home and couldn't leave home to buy art equipment for their course."

He added:

"A decision was made immediately that we as a department had to do all that we could to support these students. There was total agreement within the department that we had to respond proactively to this. We arranged for staff to respond by taking the necessary equipment, at any time during the week, to our students' homes.

"This meant that our students were able to continue to work through the lockdown period, and have continued to create art of a very high standard under difficult and challenging conditions."

"In addition, a decision was made that departmental staff would collect any finished work from our students, to carry out any marking and assessment work that was needed to meet deadlines."

Bryn Hughes Parry, assistant principal of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor added.

"This shows the true value of the education we have to offer here at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. The lockdown period has been challenging and difficult for many, but this kind of dedication shown by staff in Dolgellau's Art and Design department is to be commended. Thank you for putting your students above all else; we are extremely grateful for your work and commitment to the future of our students."

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