Ross McFarlane Guest Lecture

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BA Commercial Sound students were delighted to welcome world renowned Scottish session drummer Ross McFarlane to the studios at Cumbernauld Campus.

Ross has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and has drummed with luminaries such as Texas, The Proclaimers, Stilstskin, Justin Currie, Jon Fratelli, Codeine Velvet Club, Mull Historical Society, Isobel Campbell, Ian McCulloch and Kate Nash.

Ross, fresh from finishing a world tour with Texas, took part in a full day of drum recording, imparting his expert technical advice on the degree students. This was followed by an in-depth Q & A session where Ross gave a very refreshing insight into the industry as it stands today, as well as his life as a freelance/session musician.

Group Photo Ross

BA Student Honoured at CDN Awards


BA Commercial Sound Student, Carolann Burns, was in attendance last night at the prestigious College Development Network awards after being nominated for the Student Citizenship Award.

Carolann was nominated through her work on her project “That’s Sound’– Getting Girls into Sound Production”. As part of the BA Commercial Sound Production programme here at Cumbernauld Campus, Carolann was challenged to come up with a creative and innovative ‘industry facing’ project which would give her an opportunity to network professionally in the music industry and develop her employability skills.

She exceeded all expectations (achieving an A grade and winning a UWS entrepreneurship award in the process) by establishing ‘That’s Sound’, an ongoing project focused on addressing the gender imbalance in the technical and production side of the music industry. Carolann made a number of key achievements through her project, but highlights included:

• Organising a hugely successful event at Platform (Glasgow) attended by 130 schoolchildren and students (the numbers would have been higher if not for Storm Doris which prevented two schools/colleges from attending)

• Establishing a website –

• Establishing a social media network around the project

• Enlisting the help, support and endorsement of many established music industry professionals.

Through running this project Carolann has created an active and ongoing project and brand. This has given her the platform to establish her own professional career, and also helped to inspire and encourage girls into an industry in which they are drastically under-represented.

Carolann, while not winning the Citizenship award outright, came second on the night and was awarded with a highly commended certificate for all her efforts.

CDN Awards