How we help
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 table below gives a list of the awardees at Heriot Watt from 1991 and a brief description of the projects they undertook. Where further information about their projects is available, the link here text will provide more information on the awardee and their project.
|1992||Gordon S Macdonald|
|1995||Grant McLean||Visit to Netherlands|
|1996||Jeannie H Arthur|
|1998||Paul Miseldine||Visit to CERN in Geneva. Link here|
|1999||Ann-Kirsten Lie Larsen||Visit to Alcatel Research Laboratory near Paris. Link here|
|1999||Denver O’Boyle||Exchange Student to University of Technology Sydney Link here|
|2000||Elizabeth Warner||To travel to Thailand to study the textiles manufacturing industry|
|2000||Bruce Howie||To attend an international conference in Berlin as part of investigation to develop a less carciogenic yellow pigment for the Printing Industry|
|2001||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|
|2002||Alan McKay and Colin Fitch||To study and evaluate the experiences of Diploma Students in the Engineering Sector in the UK|
|2002||Sorcha Derkx Mullen||To travel to Dublin to gain experience with a firm of Consulting Engineers|
|2003||Sian Jones and Sarah Keating||To conduct a qualitative study of graduate training programmes in the pharmaceutical industry throughout the UK|
|2004||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|
|2005||Ian Wood||To travel to Stockholm to investigate the feasibility of using Haptic interfaces as measurement devices for children receiving Occupational Therapy|
|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|
|2007||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 Report here|
|2008||Neale Young||To travel to Polytechnic University of Hong Kong Report here|
|2009||Mark Roberts||To travel to Oman to gain work experience in the Petro-chemical industry|
|2010||Oliver Kerr||Work placement in Energy Engineering in Mongolia|
|2011||Samuel Scott||Work Placement with manufacturer of aluminium extrusions in Bosnia-Herzegovina Report here|
|2012||Sandy Fok||Orphanage in Cambodia. Project to build beds|
|2013||Frances Card||Global Founders Skill Accelerator competition at MIT|
|2014||Daniel Jones||IAESTE 13 week internship to Panama|
|2015||Gordon Ungruh and Thomas Werner||India to monitor a renewable energy power plant in an off-grid rural community|
|2016||Craig Stephen||To visit Silicon Valley as part of an internship sponsored and organised by the Saltire Foundation Report here|
|2016||Catrina Cassie||Special award: To visit India 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.|
|2017||Euan Rogers||Visit to Oulu, Finland to present paper using Dielectric Elastomers Generators (DEG) to harvest vibration energy.|
|2018||Louis Marie||To visit the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) in Madras and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani on sustainable production of jaggery.|
|2019||Elke Walton||Travel to Norway to look at how Norway is diversifying its energy sector into wind power generation.|
|2019||Heather Bruce||Travel to Paris in association with Schlumberger and Rolls-Royce aerospace internship.|
|2020||Rosie Mulligan||To prepare and deliver paper on biomimetic wind turbines.|
|2021||Maria Elisa Caires Silva|
The Hammerman charity has assisted many Heriot Watt students to travel, allowing them to carry out charitable work, further their academic studies, take part in conferences and to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical projects.
Thanks to our awards, students have attended university courses across the world, including Norway, India, Dubai, Finland, the United States of America and many other destinations.
Practical applications of subjects studied in the lecture theatre have been made by students in energy conservation projects, biomedics, thermodynamics, flight engineering and many other areas.
To quote a student -
Overall this was an incredibly valuable experience both in terms of work and culture, and I am incredibly grateful to the Hammermen for their generous support that made this trip a reality.
Edinburgh College of Art’s vision is to be internationally acclaimed for their open and participative teaching and research environment. They want to be known globally for excellence in their subject areas and the opportunities they give their students to collaborate and innovate across them, and with the wider University of Edinburgh community, of which they are proud to be a part. Link here.
The Hammermen of Edinburgh have supported metalworking students at the College of Art for many years, as they reflect the past association of the craft with the metalworking skills of our predecessors. Indeed, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh only separated from the Incorporation of Hammermen recently, in 1697. Click here.
|2009||Ai Yano||Kookmin Exchange Report here|
|2010||Rhona McCallum||Kookmin Exchange. Link here Report here|
|2011||Mari Ebbbitt||Report here|
|2011||Christina Zani||Report here|
|2012||Georgina Leung||to Korea on the Kookmin exchange Report here|
|2012||Elizabeth Campbell||on exchange to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Report here|
|2013||Isla Macer-Law||Exchange to Japan Report here Link here|
|2013||Final Year Scholars||To travel to London to exhibit their work for one week in London at “New Designers” in Islington.
|2020||Daniela Groza||Mixed Metals Workshop by Patrick Davison Report here Link here|
The students at the Edinburgh College of Art are assisted by the Incorporation in the development of skills appropriate to the area of expertise that the students feel they need assistance.
In the last years the Incorporation has assisted students to develop skills in enamelware, working with aluminium thread and meshwork, with plastics and rubber, castings and forging. Without the support of the Hammermen, these students would never have gained the skills and experience that the awards provided.
The Incorporation of Hammermen continues to support tradesmen working in the East of Scotland, either in the public domain or as craftsmen setting up or contiuing their businesses.
The images below show both public and individual awards made by the Incorporation.
The Deacon, the Boxmaster (treasurer and secretary), the Deacon's Committee and the members of the Craft together make up the Hammermen of Edinburgh. Members are drawn from all sections of Edinburgh's cosmopolitan society. We all have the good of the city and it's citizens at our hearts.