A CLYDEBANK woman who was apprehensive about going back into education has now graduated with a top award.

Stephanie Irvine, 27, was recognised for her achievements during her studies throughout an HNC Care and Admin Practice Clinical Route course.

The former Clydebank High School pupil was awarded the BMI Ross Hall Prize at City of Glasgow College’s annual winter graduation ceremonies.

Stephanie said: “I’m overwhelmed but extremely grateful to have been chosen for the BMI Ross Hall Prize.

“As a mature student, my time at City of Glasgow College has been great.

“It was a bit scary to go back into education, but my course offered a part-time option and lots of other options that made it as accessible as possible.

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“I’d definitely recommend the college to anyone thinking of returning to study; it’s a fantastic place with lots of support available.”

Students took to the stage of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall to receive their respective degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Paul Little, principal and chief executive, said: “It was a pleasure to congratulate all of our talented students as they graduated with their internationally recognised qualifications and to recognise those who received individual prizes.

“Stephanie should be very proud of achieving one of our top prizes which are awarded annually to those students who have excelled throughout their time with us.”

Guests of honour included Dawn Childs, UK Change director for the National Grid, Liz Cameron, director and chief executive of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce and Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.