Stewart Kirkland
Stewart Kirkland

Stewart Kirkland

A former Forth Valley College student who was Highly Commended at the SQA Star Awards for his efforts is encouraging others to look at courses available at Forth Valley College.

Stewart Kirkland (54) from Falkirk was up for a prize in the Lifelong Learning Category at the awards ceremony which took place at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow’s West End on Friday 9 November.

The RAF veteran and Police Inspector studied for an Access to Degree Studies course at FVC’s Falkirk Campus and was nominated for his work as a class representative and encouraging other students to achieve as much as they can. Stewart enjoyed his time at Forth Valley College so much, that he has even set his sights on working here as a lecturer.

He said: “I have already asked Principal Dr Ken Thomson that I would like a job here!”

The father of two, went on: “When I left school I did not have any qualifications and had to go to night school to get my O’Level English. Also, when I was in the RAF police I had to do a distance learning course in Maths to get into the civilian police force.

“But I am very proud of the fact that despite this I ended up becoming one of the most senior police officers in the Central Scotland area out of regular day hours and for someone who left school with no qualifications that’s not bad.

“It was brilliant studying at Forth Valley College. It was such a friendly environment and everyone wants you to succeed and it was totally different from what I remember from school.

“I would recommend it to anyone and my advice to anyone thinking about starting a course there would be to seek out the extra stuff the college offers, as there is so much to do and get involved with.

“I myself became a class rep, joined the gym and completed mental health and first aid training courses. It is so much more at college than just turning up and sitting in the classroom!”

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