Four Uxbridge College students are starting university this term with the help of a national award from the Helena Kennedy Foundation.Students who get these awards – bursaries worth up to £1,500 - may have overcome personal or financial obstacles or difficult circumstances to succeed academically. Award winners, who will also receive mentoring and professional support, are all progressing to higher

HK LogoFour Uxbridge College students are starting university this term with the help of a national award from the Helena Kennedy Foundation.

Students who get these awards – bursaries worth up to £1,500 - may have overcome personal or financial obstacles or difficult circumstances to succeed academically. Award winners, who will also receive mentoring and professional support, are all progressing to higher education courses.

Ilhan Barre (20), Enitan Talabi (18), Simone Prendergast (19) and Rea Richards (18), all received awards. The students have completed A levels in The Academy, Uxbridge College’s sixth form centre.

Ilhan said: “I am very happy and excited to have received this award, my time at Uxbridge College has definitely been one of the most memorable times of my life. The support I have received is absolutely incredible and I would like to personally thank my teacher - if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be in the position I am today.”

Rea said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at Uxbridge College, and I am humbled and excited to have won the Helena Kennedy Award. I thank Nicole Kypker, and all other teachers that I was privileged to have worked with that have put in time, and their best efforts in contributing to my future at university."

Uxbridge College Lecturer Nicole Kypker, who nominated the students, said: “The Helena Kennedy Awards are a unique and life-changing opportunity and I am absolutely thrilled that four Academy students will benefit from this.

“All the winners are incredibly inspiring – Rea, who shone a light for other students during her two years at Uxbridge College, and achieved an A* in sociology; Ilhan, whom I have known for three years as an incredibly committed student, and Simone and Enitan, who have been a joy to teach throughout their A-levels.”

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “All these students have shone out during their time at Uxbridge College and I am delighted the Helena Kennedy Foundation has chosen to recognise both their efforts and their achievements.

“They have all worked extremely hard to make the best of their opportunities at Uxbridge College, and I would like to congratulate them and wish them the very best in the future. I look forward to seeing how they get on.”

The Foundation was established after Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a British lawyer who has championed civil liberties, promoted human rights, and worked to improve access to education at higher levels. The Foundation aims to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors, enabling them to complete their studies in higher education and move on successfully into employment.

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