David Connell (33) from Polmont, graduated with a HND Applied Biological Sciences
He also won the Most Promising Student in the Department of Engineering and Science at the College’s 2021 graduation ceremony.
David, said: “I chose to study Applied Biological Sciences at Forth Valley College as I had previously studied at the College and was impressed the first time around. The College is local to me and has a fantastic reputation for its science and engineering department.
“The new Falkirk campus is fantastic - a campus fit for the 21st century - and one that gives the area a bit of pride. The lecturers have been amazing and so supportive. With regards to the pandemic, they have been very supportive to the students. Nothing was a hassle to them and they went the extra mile to give us the best possible experience under very difficult circumstances. It couldn’t have been easy trying to adapt to online teaching, but the staff were very professional and delivered the course very well.
“My experience of studying at FVC has really benefited me. I had reached a bit of a lull in life and work. It just felt like groundhog day. College challenged me, gave me something to focus and set goals. This invigorated me and improved so many aspects of my work and life.
“As a result I have moved on to the University of Stirling as part of the partnership degree, and the College has helped with that transition. The partnership between the university and college works really well.
“I would recommend the College as the Falkirk campus is a brilliant place to study, the facilities within the labs are first class too! However, and more importantly, the lecturers are brilliant. They have worked so hard over the pandemic to deliver a first class service.
“The best bit for me was returning as a mature student and being made to feel welcome by staff and my fellow students. Unfortunately, I suffered from some personal tragedy during my studies, the support I received from the staff was second to none. I will never forget it!
“College is a great place to learn with clear pathways to either employment or further education. I was apprehensive about coming back to study as a mature student. But what I loved most about my college experience was that the lecturers and my fellow students made me feel at ease and were very supportive and inclusive. Forth Valley College has world-class facilities which enhances your education and practical skills. I feel that I have developed key skills which are desirable to employers.”