Mary Herriot Dunlop

Mary Herriot Dunlop

Studying at Forth Valley College has changed Mary Herriot Dunlop’s life!

Mary (74) from Alva recently completed her BA Art and Design qualification and was awarded the Most Promising Student in the Department of Creative Industries at the 2017 graduation ceremony.

The retired civil servant, said: “Studying at FVC has changed my life and introduced me into the world of art and design.  Now I need another lifetime to explore it, as the more I learn the more I know, I don’t know.

“FVC’s input has enabled me to go on to Stirling University to complete my Honours and attending this university is something that has been a lifelong aspiration of mine.

“I was honoured and proud to be considered for such a prestigious award at the graduation. When I heard I had won I thought ‘you must be kidding’ and that there must be more talented students who deserve this!” 

Mary went on: “I chose FVC because it is my local college and I had studied at the Falkirk Campus in earlier times, where I gained confidence and knowledge as a tutor and a student in an enlightening environment.

“The facilities at Stirling Campus are effective and provide a very pleasant environment in which to learn. The print room, workshop and studios provide excellent spaces in which to create. 

“The tutors and other members of staff have treated me with respect and kindness. I owe them a great deal as they have guided and supported me through all my needs. In the beginning of my learning, four years ago, I had zero knowledge of computers. The Core Skills Department at Alloa Campus, through patience and encouragement, enabled me to succeed and achieve IT skills. These skills prepared me for my learning here at Stirling.

“My advice to potential student would be to take the golden opportunity that is FVC and embrace it. It is never too late to learn and improve yourself. A friend once said to me, ‘Education once learned is yours Mary and can never be taken away’ and I have kept that thought in my head throughout.”

Anyone looking to find out more about Creative Industries courses at Forth Valley College should call 01324 403000.





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