Mark Baillie

Mark Baillie

Before coming to college I was unemployed. I wanted to gain a qualification to get a job which would help me make a difference in the community.

As a mature student I was apprehensive about returning to education, however I was welcomed from day one and, with support from my lecturers, I soon settled in.

I developed the skills needed to work effectively with community groups. I learned strong research skills and gained the confidence to deliver presentations in public.

I took part in a work placement as a support assistant with a childcare class. This involved assisting pupils from local secondary schools who attended college two days per week. This gave me essential experience and an opportunity to put my learning into practice.
I am grateful to have won Student of the Year. I loved my time at college so it’s really nice to have been nominated for something I thoroughly enjoyed.

I am now studying a BA in Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. Following this I hope to study teaching and work within education.

Coming to the College was one of the best decisions I have made. It’s a brilliant place to learn and everyone makes you feel welcome. I would recommend it to anyone - in fact both my son and my daughter are now studying there! Many thanks to my lecturers, classmates and all college staff for making it such a great experience.

Mark’s lecturer said “Mark has made a positive contribution to his class group and the wider college community. He has developed an impressive level of academic writing and was an active contributor to class discussions. His classmates described him as “selfless” as he gave up his own time to provide peer support and advice. He was a well-liked student who provided extensive support for other students. An excellent student and role model.”