THE first student likely to obtain the Stirling University qualification this November is Helen Lawson, a lecturer in computer graphics and animation at Motherwell College. She had built up credits through previous part-time study at the university and this allows her to reduce the time on the TQ course.
Obtaining the TQ (FE) is a condition of employment at Motherwell, where Ms Lawson has been for almost five years. Originally registered for the Jordanhill course, she heard of Stirling's initiative and after lengthy negotiations between college and uiversity was enrolled there.
Motherwell gives her not only a day off every second Wednesday to travel to Stirling for classes but also time for study on the alternate Wednesdays.
"I love it, it's very challenging but enjoyable, and with a real emphasis on the theory and practice of teaching and learning," she says.
The opportunity to reflect on her teaching style has led her to make some changes which she hopes benefit her students. "I have had reinforced the concept that the principal learner in any class has to be the teacher."