21st Jan, 2019

Cash boost for outstanding students

Rob George 10th Jan, 2019

STUDENTS from the University of Worcester have each earned a £1,000 scholarship for outstanding academic achievement in their studies.

Elly Datson, Harvey Duncan, Jodie Hughes, Hassan Ishfaq, Nathan Abbatiello and Stacey Fieldhouse were presented with the scholarship by the University of Worcester’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Sarah Greer, at a special ceremony for their achievements throughout the 2017/18 academic year.

Elly, 21, in the second year of a Masters in Touring Theatre, said: “I loved being able to share in the celebration with my family, it felt so great to be able to make them so proud.”

She took one of her devised performances to the Birmingham Rep theatre last year and will be touring it at the FEAST festival in Malvern this coming November.

“Being at the university has provided me with so many great opportunities and wealth of experience,” she added.

Marketing, advertising and public relations third year student, Harvey, 21, said: “I was already very pleased with my grades last semester, so when I received this award I was immensely happy.”

Fellow Worcester Sixth Form College pupil Jodie, 19, who is studying law, said: “I’m really happy that the University thinks I deserve this, as I have worked so hard throughout my first year of Law to do as well as I possibly can.”

Second year computing student, Hassan said: “It’s great to be recognised for the dedication, effort and time put in to my studies. This achievement will motivate me to achieve even higher for my second year and beyond.”

Stacey, 32, revealed as a single mother it had been a struggle to cope with her studies and childcare, combined with a number of personal family tragedies and health issues while at Worcester.

“I would never believe in a million years that I would be receiving such an honour. It took me many years to build up the courage to apply for my degree to get into a job I would have a real passion for and I certainly think I found it,” she said.

“I’m determined to go on to get my first class degree and live my dream of working within the marketing and PR profession and I hope my story inspires others not to give up on their dreams.”

Professor Greer, said: “We are proud of all our students who earned an award this year and hope this will inspire them to further academic success.

“We find winning a scholarship or prize further improves our students’ already excellent job prospects on graduation, as well as providing welcome practical financial support and encouragement.

“These academic scholarships are supported by generous philanthropists, including the University’s distinguished Honorary Fellows, and many successful graduates of the University and we are very grateful to all our benefactors, whose generosity makes such a difference to the lives of our students.”

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