Student lifts prize for excellence

Elmwood College award winners
Elmwood College award winners
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A WINDYGATES student has made a big impression on her course.

Danielle Halliday has been awarded the Scottish Qualifications Authority Award for Academic Excellence at Elmwood College’s annual awards ceremony.

It is presented for a single piece of work demonstrating excellence and students were nominated for the award across all academic areas of the college.

Danielle enrolled on to the Introduction to Care course in 2010 from Bell Baxter High School, before progressing on to the NC Health and Social Care and HNC Healthcare course.

She said: “I never thought when I started the course I would have achieved an HNC.

“I had heard great things about Elmwood, so I had no hesitation in applying.

“Some of my friends mentioned that the college had a good reputation and there was a friendly atmosphere.”

Work placements are an important part of many Elmwood courses and one placement, which was particularly enjoyable for Danielle, was at the Pitlair Nursing Home in the Bow of Fife. This was a very hands-on experience which involved, learning about basic nursing skills and practical skills.

She added: “The highlight during my time at Elmwood has got to be the lecturers, they have been absolutely fantastic. They always had time for us and were very enthusiastic.

“I can’t believe I was nominated for this award and winning it is just the icing on the cake. I had the confidence to do the HNC due to the fact that the lecturers were so supportive.”

A spokesman for the college said: “Danielle’s educational journey has been built on hard work, commitment, humour and warmth.

“The standard of work submitted for this award was exceptional and testimony to Danielle’s progression as an individual during her three years at Elmwood.”

Danielle is looking forward to what the future holds and is keen to start either a career in nursing or is considering the possibility of applying to the Fire Service.