Charitable Works

A charity fund, to which members contribute through an annual contribution, enables the craft to fund awards to high achieving students in the Faculty of Engineering at Heriot Watt University and Metalworking students at Edinburgh College of Art (now part of Edinburgh University). The recipients, one of whom presents a brief report on their work at the Annual Dinner - tend to have undertaken very worthy projects away from their normal place of study, and this has often been very valuable in terms of future career prospects. As a result of the charitable fund, the Incorporation has also been able to provide donations towards other worthy causes.
Two recent examples are the restoration of the Phoebe Traquair railings to a property in Colinton, at the End of Bridge Road and a donation towards a scholarly work by Dr A M Allan on, “The Locksmith Craft in Early Modern Edinburgh”, published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland which was largely based on research of the Archives of the Incorporation held for safekeeping by the City Archivist.

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Heriot Watt Special Award 2016

Deacon Alan Dickson with Professor Jim Ritchie congratulate Catrina Cassie on her special Hammerman award to allow her to travel to India.

There she will undertake a 12 week placement, continuing her research within the Mechanical Engineering Department at Karunya University. In this placement organised by IAESTE, which will last from 18th July for 12 weeks, she will be focusing her research on optimizing solar energy systems, and will be investigating heat transfer performance of heat pipes using nanofluids for electronic cooling applications and nanocomposite materials.
Catrina's report following her visit can be downloaded here.

Heriot Watt Special Award 2016  

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2016 Heriot Watt Award

Deacon Alan Dickson presents presents a cheque to Craig Stephen to assist him in his project to visit Silicon Valley as part of an internship sponsored and organised by the Saltire Foundation (http://www.saltirefoundation.com/). His project involves spending 12 weeks in a major biomedical company GraftWorx (http://www.graftworx.com/)

Craig's report following his visit can be seen here.

HW 2016  

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2016 Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh University)

Deacon Alan Dickson presents presents a cheque to Roberta (Bertie) Lee to allow her to travel to Japan, where she will undertake a three months residency.

Bertie will provide updates from her blog during her residency, here.

Update: October 2016, Bertie has provided her report on her visit to Tokyo, click here to download it.

ECA 2016  

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Award to the Cousland Smiddy

Deacon Alan Dickson awards a cheque to the Cousland Smiddy Trust, to be used in purchasing additional tools for the Blacksmith, Sean Cockburn at Cousland Smiddy (link here). Sean started work at Cousland on 1st July 2015 and the award by the Incorporation was to assist in his start up. Sean continues a long tradition of smiths working at Cousland, where the Sked family worked for 4 generations from 1878 until 1986.

Contact Sean.

Further information on the Cousland Trust and the Smiddy can be found at their website, here.

Presentation to the Cousland Trust

 

Sean at the forge

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2015 Heriot Watt Scholars

Deacon Alan Dickson presents cheques to Gordon Ungruh and Thomas Werner, 4th year students who were the successful awardees. They will travel to India to monitor a renewable energy power plant in an off-grid rural community.

Further information on their work can be found at the Heriot Watt website, here.

HW2015  

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2015 Edinburgh University (Edinburgh College of Art) awardees

Past Deacon Dr Gordon Whylie presents cheques to Kirsten MacGregor and Esther McIntosh as ECA awardees for 2015.

ECA2014  

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An update on the award to the Colinton Community Conservation Trust

"A walk with Robert Louis Stevenson" has now been created in Colinton and a plaque recording the contribution by the Incorporation has been included.

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The plaque and works.

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2014 Heriot Watt Award

Deacon John Simmons presents a cheque to Daniel Jones, the Heriot-Watt awardee for 2014. Daniel will use the Hammemen Award towards the costs of working in Panama this summer so that he can participate in a IAESTE 13 week internship at a local engineering company, designing and analysing air conditioning and ventilation systems. As well as experiencing a very different culture, this work will also enable him to practise the thermodynamics and fluid mechanics theory that he has been studying during the first three years of his MEng programme at Heriot Watt University.
Daniel's report following his visit can be downloaded here <link>.

HW2014  

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Award to the Colinton Community Conservation Trust

The Colinton Community Conservation Trust has been supported by a donation for their ambitious project to commemorate Robert Louis Stevenson and mark his strong links with that part of Edinburgh and to illustrate the history of the area with the erection of metalwork panels. The first phase has been completed, a statue has been sculpted and cast in Edinburgh and has been been unveiled.

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The unpatinated and patinated statue

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The unveiling by Ian Rankin.

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2013 Awardee from ECA

Deacon David Anderson presents Isla Macer-Law, a BA Hons Jewellery and Silversmithing student, with a cheque for her exchange trip to Japan (air fare).

David Anderson and Isla Macer-Law

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2012 Awardees from ECA

The ECA awardees for 2012 were Elizabeth Campbell and Georgina Leung.
With the support from the Hammermen, Elizabeth was able to travel to Canada and study for four months at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, her report can be downloaded here.
Through our support, Georgina was able to travel to Koomin University, Seoul, South Korea, and her report can be downloaded here.
Flower of Scotland

Flower of Scotland by Elizabeth

Art Jewellery

Art Jewellery by Georgina

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2012 Hammerman Scholars

A group of 3 mechanical, 2 civil and one electrical engineering students are involved in a project (associated with Engineers without Borders) to design bunk beds for an orphanage in Cambodia. Currently, the children do not have beds (sleeping on the floor on mats) and part of the idea is to give these children, who have little, a piece of personal space which they own. The project aims to equip the orphanage to be sustainable in producing its own bunk beds. The project has two phases, a design phase, which has already started, and a construction phase, which involves a 5-week visit to Cambodia to lead the building of the beds using locally sourced raw materials. Only two of the team members will be going to Cambodia, Sandy Fok (a 4th Year Mechanical Engineering student) and Denis Venkov (a 1st Year Electrical Engineering student).
Please click here to open the presentation slideshow.

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2011 Awardees from ECA

Jock Miller presented Mari Ebbitt and Cristina Zani, the awardees for 2011, with their cheques at the Edinburgh College of Art. (Click here to download Mari Ebbitt's report and here to download Cristina Zani's report)

2011 ECA awardees

Examples of Cristina's work.

Christini's work

Examples of Mari's work

Mari's work

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2011 Hammerman Scholar

Sam Scott, a 5th year undergraduate from Heriot Watt, was the successful recipient of the 2011 award to Heriot Watt from the Hammermen. Sam travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina. His placement was to work for an aluminium extrusion company known as Presal Extrusion, which operates in a small town called Široki Brijeg, near the historic city of Mostar. The company has 80 employees and is located on a single site which includes design and administrative offices, and a full production and packaging line.

Sam's report can be downloaded here.

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The Hammerman Scholar 2010

Oliver Kerr

Oliver proposes to use the scholarship to help him in his ambition to work in the area of energy engineering. He has secured a placement with a construction company in Mongolia which should provide some interesting perspectives on the provision of domestic/commercial heating in an extreme climate. As he says in his statement, the placement should provide him with some cultural and professional perspectives as well.

Oliver says "The scholarship funding would be greatly beneficial for my summer plans where I am working in Mongolia as part of an IAESTE placement. I am going to be working at a reasonably small (~67 employees) building and construction company named Tosonkhishig, where I will be working on the implementation of a heating system in a new building in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar. A return flight to the city's airport is upwards of £916 in time for my placement, and as I do not have the disposable income to pay for flights from my part-time jobs over the past four years, this money will be put aside strictly for travel expenses.

I believe that my trip to Mongolia will give me a more in depth perspective in many areas:
Firstly towards my future career in engineering, where I have not worked at an engineering placement in the past, my training placement will reinforce material I have learnt throughout my bachelors degree and allow me to apply it into a working engineering situation.
Secondly the placement offers me a unique experience both culturally and socially, where I have never been to East or Central Asia before, it would be fascinating to learn from and experience their traditions and ways of life which are alien to our own. Furthermore, where I have only previously travelled through America and Europe, my time in Mongolia will be a challenge socially and I believe my time spent there will serve as a catalyst to becoming a more well rounded and cultured person.
Finally on my professional development, where as previously mentioned, I have never had an engineering placement in the past, and a successful placement abroad will serve me with a good standing for further jobs and introduce me to working in an engineering environment."

Oliver Kerr
Oliver Kerr, Hammerman Awardee, receives his cheque from Deacon Jock Miller

 

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Edinburgh College of Art Award 2010

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Rhona McCallum

Rhona McCallum is a student at Edinburgh College of Art, pictured here standing in front of some examples of her work. She is the student selected by the Hammermen for sponsorship participation in an exchange programme organised by Edinburgh College of Art between their Department of Jewellery and Silversmithing and the Department of Metalcraft at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. She is pictured here with Deacon Jock Miller. Rhona's report on her visit to Korea can be downloaded here.

Deacon Jock Miller receiving a Korean Hammer from Susan Cross on behalf of Stephen Bottomley, Head of Jewellery and Silversmithing, ECA School of Design on 27 September 2010.

Jock receiving a Korean Hammer

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The Hammerman Scholar 2009

Mark Roberts

Mark proposes to use the scholarship to help him in his ambition to work in the oil and gas industry and the international exposure resulting from his visit to Oman will add a real perspective to his studies. Mark has secured a placement with Petroleum Development Oman  (PDO) under an IASTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) arrangement brokered between the British Council and PDO. Such placements give students excellent broadening experience in an engineering context and working with an oil and gas company will fit in very well with Mark’s career plans.

Mark has said " I have recently completed my third year of the four year BEng Mechanical Engineering programme at Heriot-Watt University and have obtained a two month placement within Petroleum Development Oman in Muscat, Oman in the summer through the IAESTE programme. The IAESTE programme aims at giving students technical work experience abroad, relative to their studies.
When I graduate from university, my ambition is to work in the oil and gas industry and the Sultanate of Oman is an ideal location to experience the industry, first-hand, on operational oil fields. The engineering knowledge and understanding gained from working in such an environment will be invaluable throughout the remainder of my studies and in the workplace, when I graduate from Heriot-Watt.
Working with mechanical maintenance and engineering teams in the main Muscat office and on onshore oil fields as part of Petroleum Development Oman, will allow me to display my ability to communicate with diverse, skilled and accomplished professionals within a reputable organisation. I will be carrying out other activities related to oil and gas disciplines which include essential safety procedures."

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Mark Roberts, Hammerman Awardee, receives his cheque from Deacon Jock Miller

 

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Edinburgh College of Art Award

Peter Jones presents ...

Peter Jones, Past Deacon of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Edinburgh presents a cheque for £1000 to Stephen Bottomley, Head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of Art. ECA has recently established an annual exchange scheme with Kookmin University in Seoul and the Hammermen  will provide support towards the travel expenses of the student from Edinburgh. The first student from ECA to exchange with Kookmin is Ai Yano, shown on the right of the photograph.

Ai Yano has now completed her exchange project at Kookmin University. Her report can be downloaded here (click here).

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The Hammerman Scholar 2008

Neale Young

Neale Young is in his Third Year of study towards a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. He has used the scholarship to help him make the best of an offer of a placement at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The placement offer was made under an IASTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) arrangement brokered between the British Council and the overseas University, and such placements give students excellent broadening experience in an engineering context. A copy of Mr Young's paper on his visit can be downloaded by clicking here.
Hammermen may be interested to know that Mr Young is a craftsman, having served his time as a pattern-maker prior to coming to university.
Mr Young adds, "The work offered during this placement is in optical design related to ultra precision machining and precision measurement. This is a chance to experience living and working in a culture much different to my own. This is also a great opportunity to gain industrial experience, one that will complement my studies and further my personal development as an engineer".
The Hammermen offer Mr Young warmest congratulations and look forward to hearing about his experience in Hong Kong at the 2009 Hammerman Annual Dinner.

New awardee
Neale Young, Hammerman Awardee, with Past Deacon Peter Jones and Hammerman Professor Bob Reuben , Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
   
Hammerman Awardee
Neale Young being presented with a cheque for £1000 by Past Deacon Peter Jones

 

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The Hammerman Scholar 2007

Duncan Roxburgh

During the summer of 2007 I was offered an Engineering Internship for three months
with Smiths Aerospace, now GE Aviation in Yakima, Washington, USA. After taking
this Internship I have gained skills and experience that have and will be invaluable
throughout the remainder of my degree and career in engineering. .........continues Click here to download a copy of my report.

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Annual Awards

Heriot-Watt

1991

Mr Brian Calder

 

£450

1992

Mr Gordon S Macdonald

 

£500

1993

Miss Jennifer Anderson

 

£500

1994

Mr Mark Pettitt

 

£500

1995

Mr Grant McLean

Visit to Netherlands

£500

1996

Miss Jeannie H Arthur

 

£500

1997

Mr Ian Ferguson

 

£500

1998

Mr Paul Miseldine

Visit to CERN in Geneva

£500

1999

Miss Ann-Kirsten Lie Larsen

Visit to Alcatel Research Laboratory near Paris

£500

1999

Mr Denver O’Boyle

Exchange Student to University of Technology Sydney

£500

2000

Miss Elizabeth Warner

To travel to Thailand to study the textiles manufacturing industry

£500

2000

Mr Bruce Howie

To attend an international conference in Berlin as part of investigation to develop a less carciogenic yellow pigment for the Printing Industry

£500

2001

Mr Barry Headridge

To support a one year industrial placement and prepare a paper on Process Intensification and its Application for the Toner and Powder Industries

£1,000

2002

Messrs Alan McKay and

Colin Fitch

To study and evaluate the experiences of Diploma Students in the Engineering Sector in the UK

£500

2002

Miss Sorcha Derkx Mullen

To travel to Dublin to gain experience with a firm of Consulting Engineers

£500

2003

Miss Sian Jones and

Miss Sarah Keating

To conduct a qualitative study of graduate training programmes in the pharmaceutical industry throughout the UK

£1,000

2004

Mr Robert Shanks

To travel to York and Northern Sweden as part of a practical study to ascertain by use of Acoustic Emission measurements the cumulative damage caused to railway lines by rail and wheel contact

£1,000

2005

Mr Ian Wood

To travel to Stockholm to investigate the feasibility of using Haptic interfaces as measurement devices for children receiving Occupational Therapy

£1,000

2006

Alasdair Wishart

To travel to Lattakia in Syria, for six weeks at the University of Al Tishreen to investigate aspects of solar power collection

£1,000

2007

Mr Duncan Roxburgh

To travel to Yakima Washington, USA to pursue an internship at GE Aviation working on Boeing’s latest commercial plane the 787 Dreamliner

£1,000

2008

Mr Neale Young

To travel to Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

£1,000

2009

Mr Mark Roberts

To travel to Oman to gain work experience in the Petro-chemical industry

£1,000

2010

Oliver Kerr

Work placement in Energy Engineering in Mongolia

£1,000

2011

Samuel Scott

Orkney

Work Placement with manufacturer of aluminium extrusions in Bosnia-Herzegovina

£1,000

2012

Sandy Fok

Orphanage in Cambodia. Project to build beds

£1,000

2013

Frances Card

Global Founders Skill Accelerator competition at MIT

£1000

2014

Daniel Jones

IAESTE 13 week internship to Panama

£1000

2015

Gordon Ungruh and Thomas Werner

 India to monitor a renewable energy power plant in an off-grid rural community

£1000

2016

Craig Stephen

To visit Silicon Valley as part of an internship sponsored and organised by the Saltire Foundation

£1000

Edinburgh College of Art

2009

Ai Yano

Kookmin Exchange

£1,000

2010

Rhona McCallum, 20 years old and a Scottish national

Kookmin Exchange

£750

2011

Mari Ebbbitt

 

£500

2011

Christina Zani

 

£500

2012

Georgina Leung

to Korea on the Kookmin exchange

£500

2012

Elizabeth Campbell

an exchange to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

£500

2013

Isla Macer-Law

Exchange to Japan

£600

2013

Final Year Scholars

To travel to London to exhibit their work for one week in London at “New Designers” in Islington.

£400

 

 

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