Awarded for academic excellence


A dedicated student was celebrated in front of thousands at a recent awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Laura Baird, 30, received an award for excellence at the College's Awards Ceremony, held on 16th November 2017.

She joined over 500 Lanarkshire students who completed a course at HNC level or above this year to receive their award from Principal and CEO of New College Lanarkshire, Martin McGuire.

Following receiving her certificate, Laura was presented with a further award, commending her for her studies on the HNC Built Environment course at the College’s Motherwell Campus.

She was nominated for the award by college staff for her ongoing commitment to the course and consistent academic achievement, overcoming various personal challenges to do to.

She said: “Juggling studying, working and looking after my daughter was a big challenge when I started at college, and it took a while to work out the best way to ensure that I was able to complete my coursework to my full satisfaction. However with the support of my friends and family along with that of the teaching staff at college, it got easier over time and I am pleased that my hard work paid off and I was able to complete the course.”

The former Lenzie Academy pupil started on the course in the Faculty of Engineering after seeking a change in career from her administrative job. She started the NC programme in 2015 before progressing on to complete the HNC.

She said: “The course was great. It covered a variety of topics and gave an understanding of the construction industry and the different roles it includes.

“The course timetable really worked in my favour and allowed me to continue part-time work and provide for my daughter while I continued to better myself.”

Laura was congratulated personally by the Principal and Chair of the Lanarkshire Regional Board, Linda McTavish, before accepting an engraved award and a £250 cheque sponsored by Ede & Ravenscroft, who provide the gowns and photography for the awards ceremony.

She continued: “I was really shocked when I heard I was getting the award but I was so pleased that my effort had been recognised.

“My daughter came to the awards ceremony to see me getting the award and she was very proud and now understands why my coursework is so important. This will be a good lesson to her for future - hard work pays off!

“After finishing my studies at the College, I am hoping to progress to Year 3 of Quantity Surveying at University next year, and I feel confident that this award, along with the qualifications I have gained at New College Lanarkshire, will stand me in good stead with my university application and future job prospects!

“I would recommend anyone to study on the Faculty of Engineering at New College Lanarkshire as it has really worked out for me!”

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