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Posted: 22/05/15

Creative students with designs on equality and diversity

A group set up to represent lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) learners at West Nottinghamshire College is set to be given a vibrant and fresh visual identity, thanks to artistic students.

Showing off the top designs are (from left) Damian Wojdacki, Lukasz Pawlak, Will Jordan (representing Jordan Haslam), Tom Savage and Marc Jones (representing Shannon Williams)

The college ran a competition for learners to come up with a name and logo for the recently-launched network, which provides support to LGBT students and those questioning their sexual or gender identity.

It was open to students from all curriculum areas, who were given a free rein to apply their creative talents to the challenge.

Entries were judged by members of college staff, Students’ Union president Will Jordan, and representatives of its student and employee LGBT networks, with winners and runners-up announced at a presentation last week (Friday 15 May, 2015).

Computer science student Jordan Haslam, 18, scooped the top prize of a £50 Amazon gift voucher for his winning design, ‘Connected’, which incorporates the rainbow colours that have become a symbol for the worldwide LGBT community.

His classmate on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development), Lukasz Pawlak, and A-Level student Tom Savage, both 17, each received a £10 Love to Shop voucher as joint runners-up.

Joinery and carpentry student Shannon Williams, 17, and computer science student Damian Wojdacki, 18, both received certificates after being highly-commended.

Marc Jones, 20, who leads the college’s student LGBT group, said: “The competition attracted a really high standard of entries from a wide range of students; many of whom aren’t LGBT themselves but were keen to show their support for the network.

“It’s been fantastic to include students across the entire college in promoting equality, diversity and tolerance amongst all our learners.

“I’d like to thank all the entrants for taking the time and effort to make the competition an enjoyable, but very difficult, one to judge!”