OCR was the proud sponsor of the Helena Kennedy Foundation Awards ceremony that took place in London earlier this week.
The Foundation helps disadvantaged students from FE and adult education to transform their lives by providing financial support, mentoring, skills training and work placement opportunities. To date, they have helped almost 1,000 FE college leavers to succeed in higher education.
This week’s Awards ceremony, which took place at the House of Lords, brought together award winners, families and friends, as well as guests from the education sector, for an afternoon in celebration of their achievements. The Foundation awarded nearly 100 students with £1500 bursaries towards their studies.
OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe spoke at the ceremony and had the opportunity to meet some of the award winners. He said: “Education has the power, like nothing else, to transform lives. As an ex FE College principal, I know how much talent and potential there is in the FE sector and seeing people, who have not had it easy, turn their lives around, is one of the best moments in education.
As a not for profit awarding body, OCR supports the excellent aims and work of the Foundation in the FE sector and welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary award winners.”
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of the Foundation and host of the ceremony added: “I am delighted to have presented these students with one of our awards in recognition of their huge achievements in reaching university. Learning new things is what life is all about, each awarded student has shown real talent and determination in taking their next steps of their life”.
OCR’s support of the Helena Kennedy Foundation Awards follows the launch of its own 2013 OCR bursary award scheme for students from the West Midlands going to study at the University of Cambridge.
For more information about the Helena Kennedy Foundation, including applications for the 2013 awards, please visit www.hkf.org.uk.