Scarborough students nominated for prestigious award

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Access students at CU Scarborough have received award nominations for their academic work.

Monday 20 August 2018

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Two Scarborough students have been nominated for prestigious awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements in education. 

CU Scarborough Access to Higher Education students Rebecca Pringle and Roy Yelverton have been nominated for the OCN Michael Sargent Bursary Award.

Access to Health and Human Sciences student, Rebecca, has been nominated for Outstanding Academic Achievement, an award given to learners who demonstrate that they have excelled in their academic study by producing work of a consistently outstanding quality.

Roy, who studied Access to Social Sciences at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, has been nominated for Outstanding Commitment to study, awarded to those who show dedication to succeed in the face of exceptional circumstances.

Both are mature students, returning to education to help them pursue different career paths.

I feel honoured to be nominated for this award, it was daunting coming back into education after such a long time, however the access course has given me the confidence to believe in my dream of becoming a nurse and I am so excited to be starting Adult Nursing at CU Scarborough in September.

Rebecca Pringle

I am both surprised and delighted to be nominated. As a mature student I never expected to get into university in my lifetime, but the access course has shown me that anything is possible.

I have been accepted on a counselling degree at CU Scarborough, which is just what I wanted, and look forward to starting in September.

Roy Yelverton

The Access to Higher Education Diploma qualification prepares those without traditional qualifications for study at university. CU Scarborough offers two access diplomas - Health and Human Sciences and Social Sciences.

The CU Scarborough access courses provide a great bridge into higher education for people who didn’t leave school with traditional academic qualifications.  

We’re seeing some fantastic results and success for our students. Roy and Rebecca are just two of the 50 great students that we have had the privilege of teaching over the last year.

Melissa McLaughlin, Access Tutor at CU Scarborough

OCN London is a national not-for-profit organisation that creates and awards qualifications. They work in partnership with educators, training providers, charities and employers to help transform people’s lives through learning.

Winners of the Michael Sargent Bursary Award will be announced in September by OCN London and presentations will be made in London in November. The winners will receive £500 and be put forward for the National Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to Higher Education Prizes, with the runner up awarded £250.