Disadvantaged Further Education students triumph against the odds

Press release:
Disadvantaged Further Education students triumph against the odds

The success of over 87 students who have been helped by the Helena Kennedy Foundation to overcome a variety of obstacles was celebrated at the House of Lords on Monday 2 March 2015.

The House of Lords celebration brought together students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have progressed from FE colleges from as far afield as Hull and up into higher education. The event was supported by exam board OCR.

Each student selected by the Helena Kennedy Foundation received a bursary of £1500 to help cover the costs of university study, as well as on-going guidance and training from the Foundation. 

The Helena Kennedy Foundation was set up in Baroness Kennedy’s name over 15 years ago to take forward the findings of her seminal ‘Learning Works’ report. Speaking at the event, Baroness Kennedy said: “It is an honour to support such inspirational and deserving people in their rise to success. Presenting these students with one of our awards in acknowledgment of their achievements at university marks a crucial milestone in their lives and future careers”.

Dr Ann Limb, founder of the Foundation in 1998, and chair of trustees, said: “Making the leap from college to university can be challenging and our Foundation works with colleges across the UK to support students to overcome their barriers to education.  Investing in talent, and rewarding hard work has enabled us to see our winners rise above adversity and accomplish amazing things”.

Charlotte Bosworth, Director of Skills and Employment at OCR stated “It has been inspirational to meet today’s bursary recipients, all of whom have demonstrated true resilience in the face of difficult circumstances. It is a privilege to hear their stories of success and to witness first-hand the potential of the FE sector once barriers have been removed. Thanks to the Foundation’s support and their own hard work and talent, their futures look very bright.”



Notes to editors

1. The Helena Kennedy Foundation was founded in 1998 by Dr Ann Limb to take forward recommendations from ‘Learning Works’, the report by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the President of the Foundation. The charity, based near Old Street in London, provides bursaries, mentoring and work placements to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress from Further Education colleges into higher education.

2. About OCR – www.ocr.org.uk
Exam board OCR sponsored the event at the House of Lords. OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) is a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. OCR qualifications include AS/A Levels, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, Entry Level qualifications, and vocational qualifications in areas such as IT, business, languages, teaching/training, administration and secretarial skills.

Each year more than three million students gain OCR qualifications, which are offered by 13,000 centres including schools, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, training providers, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and businesses ranging from SMEs to multi-national organisations.

OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group. www.ocr.org.uk.

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