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Peter Celebrates Fife College Graduation 2017!

Peter Whip, one of 500 students who graduated recently from Fife College, is proof you can turn your life around despite tragedy!
Peter Whip
Peter Whip

​The 39 year old former engineer, from Kirkcaldy, was involved in an industrial accident a few years ago which left him disabled.

It was while dealing with his disability that Peter saw inequalities in the care system. He is passionate about standing up for people and so decided to come to college to find out more and joined a HNC Social Services course.

Since then Peter has not looked back – he has gone on to do an HND in Additional Support Needs before going on to do a BA Learning Difficulties/Disabilities course which he has just graduated with.

Peter was delighted to graduate with a degree at the College’s second of five ceremonies held at St Bryce Kirk in Kirkcaldy during Graduation week – 30 October to 2 November.

Thanks to his hard work and support from the College, Peter is now studying for an Honours Degree in Social Sciences at Abertay University. He has also secured a part-time job at the College as an Inclusion Assistant supporting other students after a successful placement with the team.

Said Peter: “It wasn’t my intention to work up to the degree when I first started. I was really only planning to do the HNC then move on to employment, but I did well on the HNC and my lecturer recommended that I progress to HND.

“Since then I’ve gone in to every year thinking, I’ll see how I get on, and then decide about further progression - every year I’ve ended up taking the next step in my education.

“I really enjoyed the degree course at College.  The lecturers were great; they’re really knowledgeable and very supportive. Working as an Inclusion Assistant is something I really enjoy too. I love the kids I work with and I really enjoy the mix in the work we do – I hope longer term to become a lecturer.”

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