Tracey Coupland - a Beauty Therapy Lecturer at Forth Valley College - has been at FVC since 2002.
She has a BA Teaching Qualification in Further Education, a HND Beauty Therapy, a HNC Complementary Therapy, has completed Make-Up Courses through Charles Fox and The Biz, accumulated additional HN units and Private Industrial Qualifications within the related fields and is currently completing a PDA in Equality & Diversity.
Tracey, said: "Initially I started my career as a complementary therapist and was encouraged to go into beauty therapy while at college and from there I went between both. I love working within the industry and I feel that if I didn’t keep up to date with my CPD and liaising with industry, then I couldn’t do my role effectively as a lecturer.
"Carrying out treatments is more of a hobby to me, therefore being employed to do something you love means that it never becomes a chore! One of the most important factors to consider whilst being part of an amazing team like I am, is ensuring quality. Delivering programmes with a high standard of learning and teaching and watching the development of students from the very first day of induction, through to completion of their programme or perhaps graduation, is very satisfying and rewarding.
"Here at Forth Valley College we have Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salons offering a wide range of treatments and we demonstrate good working relationships between staff and students which allows us to offer a friendly and professional service at all times. We also have a large client base and offer treatments over three different campuses Falkirk, Alloa and Raploch.
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Tracey, said: "I like to participate in charity fundraisers when I have time. I have completed the Moonwalk twice, The Kilt Walk once, the Bupa great women’s 10K in Glasgow twice and the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish 10K Run. Along with this, as part of one of the units within our SVQ Level 3, I have organised several charity fundraisers including the “Festive Girls' Day Out" for which we raised money for Shavon’s Journey. This was a charity was set up in memory of a former FVC Beauty Therapy student who suffered from Aplastic Aneamia. More recently I helped with another two charity events- “Festive Girls' Day Out” and “Fantasy @ Your Fingertips that raised money for the Chloe McIntyre Fund within Yorkhill Hospital."