Historically, ESU Scotland has also administered a number of other scholarships, including the Wigmore Paterson
Scholarship and the Ann Small Scholarship.
The Wigmore Paterson Scholarship
The Wigmore Paterson Scholarship offered the opportunity to a young teacher involved in music or sport, either
professionally or as an extra-curricular activity, to travel to Western Australia to study a
music-related or sport related aspect of Western Australian education relevant to
their own professional responsibilities.
This programme is not currently offered by the English-Speaking Union Scotland.
The Ann Small Scholarship
The Ann Small Scholarship, generously funded by Miss Evelyn Small in memory of her sister, was awarded for three years.
In 2010 Ann Bradley, a lecturer in Administration and IT at Jewel and Esk College in
Edinburgh, was selected to visit Fanshawe Collge in London, Ontario to compare teaching
methods and systems there. Ann found the experience fascinating and brought many new
ideas back to Scotland. For more information about Ann's trip, please have a look at
on the Fanshawe College website.
The 2011 Ann Small Scholar was Audrey White from Adam Smith College, who was also welcomed at Fanshawe College.
In 2013 we welcomed Debbie Gamracy, a lecturer from Fanshawe College, to Scotland to visit colleges here.
Background to the Scholarship
Ms Ann Small BA MEd FSCT, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, began her secretarial career in that city at a
time when expertise in shorthand was a requirement. She was so accomplished in that field
writing shorthand at 200 wpm that she was asked by Sir James Pitman, grandson of the inventor
of Pitman Shorthand, to write a new Beginners' Course that would enable all students to gain
the art and practice of Pitman Shorthand more quickly and efficiently. The exercises were
recorded onto tapes. The book with tapes was named The Acceleration Course.
Following a few months working in London, England to become acquainted with the Pitman
Organisation Ann Small transferred to the Pitman Canadian Headquarters at Church Street,
Toronto where she wrote the new Course requested by Sir James Pitman. After writing the course
Ann toured the neighbouring schools in Ontario publicising the new
book and tapes. She was offered many opportunities to teach at these schools. Ann accepted
a post at the about-to-be-opened Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Although it was more
than twenty years since her retirement and return to Edinburgh her high principles and devotion
to duty will never be forgotten. It was with pleasure that Ms Ann Small's sister, Miss Evelyn Small,
awarded this scholarship for a teacher of
IT and Administration in Scotland to visit Fanshawe College for a brief period of time
to witness the systems popular at the college that her sister loved.