Falkirk’s Stephanie is a model student at New College Lanarkshire

Stephanie Payne, one of the faces of New College Lanarkshire's new diversity campaign.
Stephanie Payne, one of the faces of New College Lanarkshire's new diversity campaign.

A performing arts student from Falkirk is the star of a college’s new campaign to promote equality and diversity.

Stephanie Payne features in New College Lanarkshire’s ‘All Equal, All Individual’ initiative and is one of 12 students across the college’s campuses whose portrait appears on posters, accompanied by what equality and individuality means to them.

The 19-year-old, studying for an HNC in acting and performance at the Motherwell campus, said she was inspired to model for the campaign after taking part in a ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project while at Falkirk High School.

She said the words ‘All Equal, All Individual’ mean “accepting each other for who you really are; not having to change because you don’t fit in to what somebody else perceives as the right thing to do.”

Stephanie added: “When it comes to acting, if you’re the same as somebody else then you’re less likely to get a job. So I always want to be completely different because it means I stand out more. I like being different - you wouldn’t want to be the same as somebody else.”

The campaign was launched to reflect the college’s aim of maintaining an environment that is welcoming, embracing and inclusive.

Brian Gilchrist, assistant principal for organisational development, said: “Everyone has the right to be treated fairly, regardless of their gender, race, disability, age, religion of belief, or sexual orientation.”