Prize for Lorna at university graduation
Integrated degree student Lorna Keddie has left her own significant impression on the history of Forth Valley College, by scooping a prize at the University of Stirling’s graduation recently.
Lorna (21) from Denny, a BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism student was awarded the Best Environmental History Dissertation for her course, shortly after graduating with a first class degree back in June.
Lorna spent the first two years of her course at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus, before heading to the University of Stirling to complete her honours degree and focused her work on The Loss of Whisky Distilleries in the Falkirk area.
Lorna, who is just about to start a six week traineeship in the University of Stirling’s archive, said: “It was quite a shock to receive a prize. I spent a lot of time researching and completing this project and I appreciate the acknowledgment of an award. I was delighted that my mum, dad and sister were there to see me graduate and receive this award.”
The Heritage and Tourism degree provides graduates with a broad range of skills in relation to the management, promotion and conservation of historic and natural environments, both in Scotland and internationally. It has been developed in partnership with government and industry, and graduates enter the industry well-equipped to contribute to the ongoing success of Scotland’s heritage and tourism sectors.
She went on: “I am really interested in the business side of things in the Heritage and Tourism industry and I hope I can work in this area in the future. The Integrated Degree allowed me to develop my independence at Forth Valley College and helped me to improve on my research skills. I would definitely recommend it to other students as during the first two years you can achieve an HND even if you do not progress on to university.”
Muriel Alexander, FVC’s University Partnership Officer, said: “Lorna’s achievements are a testament to her hard work, commitment and focus which she demonstrated both at college and university. Forth Valley College are proud and delighted to hear of Lorna’s success which represents perfectly how our Partnership degree programmes with the University of Stirling offer opportunities to combine academic learning with valuable practical hands-on experience which offer employers work-ready graduates. We would like to wish Lorna, and all of our Partnership degree graduates, every success for their future careers.”