Laura doubles up on Heriot-Watt University award

Laura doubles up on Heriot-Watt University award
Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser, Forth Valley College’s Business Transformation Manager, has been awarded the same top prize by Heriot-Watt University for the second year in a row!

She has been awarded the Deputy Principal’s Award for the 2021-22 Academic year, recognising academic excellence in students who achieve Grade A – or equivalent – in six or more courses studied as part of their undergraduate degree during one year – just as she did for the 2020-21 Academic year.

And on top of that… she also won The Heriot Watt Edinburgh Business School prize for the Graduate Apprenticeship Business Management Programme – the highest GPA in Final Year of Study (Hons Year)!

Laura will once again join a list of award winners which will be maintained by Heriot-Watt University’s Registry and Academic Support Department and be included in her enhanced transcript.

In a letter sent to Laura, Professor John W Sawkins, Deputy Principal (Education & Student Life) at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Whilst these are challenging times, the commitment to excellence demonstrated by all award winners, is a firm foundation on which to build. My congratulations, once again.”

After becoming one of the first cohort of FVC staff to complete the innovative Leadership Development Programme, Laura was offered the opportunity to be part of the Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) at Heriot-Watt where she has just completed her fourth year of a Masters of Art in Business Management.

Laura, said: “I can’t believe that I have been awarded this honour for the second year in a row, it is so unexpected and a complete surprise. But I am absolutely delighted to receive the Deputy Principal's Award for my course results for 2021-2022.

“I was so thrilled to win the prize of highest GPA for Business Management Honours year. I still can’t believe it, what a fabulous end to four years of studying!

“Once again I feel very honoured to have been recognised in this way. I am so lucky to be part of the GA programme where I am able to learn while I work at the college. Having the chance to be on this course has allowed me to gain the underpinning knowledge needed for my role and gain more confidence. I am really grateful to Forth Valley College for giving me this opportunity and special thanks to James Aston for all his support throughout my time at university.”