Ian Rankin Scholarship Helps Graduate Ross Secure Great Future

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A promising career lies ahead for recent Fife College graduate Ross Gardiner thanks to a successful two years at Fife College.

The 20 year old from Perth completed a HND in Practical Journalism with flying colours and thoroughly enjoyed his course and time at Fife College which has resulted in him securing a great job as a Marketing Executive with Perth Marketing business, Fraktul.

Ross’s writing talents were quickly recognised soon after he joined the College by his lecturers and he was also singled out two years in a row by world renowned crime author Ian Rankin, who awarded Ross with scholarships for his creative writing talents. It is the scholarship awards and support from  lecturing staff which Ross says has made the difference and helped him secure the ‘write’ job for him.

Said Ross: “The quality of our course was excellent and has given me the foundations to work within the communications and marketing industry. My current job involves social media and putting together brochures and publicity materials which is right up my street.

“Being awarded the Ian Rankin Scholarships was a highlight of my time at College and it was fantastic to meet Ian and get the chance to interview him, something I will never forget. All this looks great on my CV too and has helped me secure the job I have today.

“I would recommend this course to anyone who enjoys writing and is looking for a career in journalism, communications or marketing.”

During his studies Ross had to make a two hour round trip each day to come to College which has definitely paid off for him.

Lecturer Marie Penman congratulated Ross and the other students who graduated at the recent ceremony and said: “Ross was a fantastic student who had many talents and was also hardworking so it is no surprise that he has secured a great job. Alongside winning the Ian Rankin scholarships Ross also played a pivotal role in the design of the student magazine and was a star editor. I wish Ross and the other graduates all the very best for the future.”

Fife College was delighted to host a range of graduation ceremonies across Fife at the beginning of November which included three amazing ceremonies at St Bryce Church in Kirkcaldy where over 400 students graduated with certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The three ceremonies followed on from a beautiful ceremony at Dunfermline Abbey and Nave held earlier in the week where over 150 students crossed the stage to formally graduate in front of family, friends and staff of the College.

Fife College is currently taking applications for courses starting in January 2017 and also offers a range of degree level courses. For more information please visit www.fife.ac.uk or call 0344 248 0115.