Former HoW College Access to HE Science Student celebrates as she is nominated for the Keith Fletcher Memorial Award!

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Former HoW College Access to HE Science Student celebrates as she is nominated for the Keith Fletcher Memorial Award!

15 November 2022

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Celebrations are underway for Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) alumna Amber Hirons who has been nominated by Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM) for the Keith Fletcher Memorial Award!  

Amber previously studied on the College’s Access to Higher Education (HE), Science, course and earlier this year was successful in winning a Brian May Award for commitment to study. Due to this success, Amber has also now been selected and nominated for the Keith Fletcher Memorial Award! 

The Keith Fletcher Memorial Award is an Access to HE open award, open to all Access Validating Agencies (AVA’s) across England and Wales and the award is in dedication of Keith Fletcher, who worked for many years in the South West of England for successive AVA’s and was a great supporter of the Access to HE Diploma.  

When asked about the success of her nomination, Amber said: 

“When receiving the nomination for the Keith fletcher award, I was in utter disbelief due to the fact that I’ve given it my all despite my health. My efforts being recognised has been a massive confidence boost. Heart of Worcestershire college are exceptional. They accommodated my requirements, and provided an extreme amount of support during my studies. I have gained skills that I did not possess prior to enrolling on the HE course. These skills include referencing, working as a team, and meeting deadlines.  The grades achieved during my time there will make it possible for me to progress on to biomedical science at the University of Worcester. In the future, I aspire to be in a position that is going to help people with similar health conditions to mine.” 

Gordon Yakpir, Ambers nominating tutor, also commented that: 

“Amber had health challenges I expected would hinder her academic work. I was completely wrong. She worked hard in class and with her assessments and was always willing to go the extra mile to get it right. Amber’s attitude to her studies was not just admirable, it was inspiring as well. She never used her ailment and demanding treatment as an excuse. In almost 25 years of practice, I dare say I have not had a student match Amber’s commitment to studies. I am so proud to have taught her.” 

This is a true achievement and demonstrates where hard work and determination can get you despite the challenges you may be facing. Congratulations Amber!