Alan Buchan

BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism


Alan Buchan

Alan's Story

As a bagpiper, Alan Buchan has enjoyed sharing Scottish culture with people from all over the world - and he cites these experiences as an inspiration behind his decision to study a BA (Hons) Heritage and Tourism.

"I had always wanted to study at university, but never found the right course or it was never the right time," he said. "However, when I saw the Heritage and Tourism course, I knew I had to apply."

As a mature student, Alan, from Bannockburn, opted for the course jointly delivered by Forth Valley College and the University. At College, he was elected as Student President and, at the University, served as a Student Trustee.

"Getting involved in the Students' Union really made a massive difference to my overall experience - I made some great friends and learned a great deal," he explained.

During his degree, Alan got married and became a father - meaning it was a challenge to balance his studies and home life.

"It was a challenge and without the support of my family, I'm not sure I could have completed my degree," he said. "I was also lucky that my class group pulled together when anyone was finding it tough - that support was crucial in preparing for exams and assessments."

Alan, who has received a first-class honours degree, also attributes his academic success to his supportive lecturers and the practical experience offered by the course - which saw him put on an exhibition focusing on the Musician's Union.

He added: "My time at university has been challenging, excellent and rewarding."

Alan, 33, is enjoying a short break - spending time with his wife and daughter - but plans to start a new job soon.