Celebrating success at the House of Lords

This week students gathered for a special awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements in overcoming personal or financial obstacles, and succeeding academically against the odds. The Helena Kennedy Foundation awards ceremony, sponsored by the awarding body OCR, recognised students from disadvantaged backgrounds who had progressed from FE colleges across the country and who were now successfully enrolled on a higher education course.

The 2012 award winners were successfully selected from over 400 students who applied to the scheme, with each student receiving a £1500 bursary to support their costs while studying as well as the ongoing training, mentoring and guidance provided by the Foundation.

These students join over a 1,000 students who’ve been helped by the Foundation since its establishment in 1998. The foundation has s

een numerous students take advantage of the financial and emotional assistance in the form of bursaries, mentoring and work placements.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of the Foundation & host of the ceremony said:

“I am delighted to have presented these students with one of our awards in recognition of their huge achievements in reaching university. Learning new things is what life is all about, each awarded student has shown real talent and determination in taking their next steps of their life”.

OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe spoke at the ceremony and had the opportunity to meet some of the award winners. He said: “Education has the power, like nothing else, to transform lives. As an ex FE College principal, I know how much talent and potential there is in the FE sector and seeing people, who have not had it easy, turn their lives around, is one of the best moments in education".

Ann Limb  founder and chair of trustees of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, said:

“We know there are so many talented people out there who have the ability to succeed in higher education but still miss out on the opportunity. Making the leap from college to university can be a big step and our foundation works with colleges across the uk to support students to overcome real disadvantage.  We are determined to continue to invest in talent, reward hard work and believe in the potential of education to transform lives”.

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