The success of over 100 students helped by the Helena Kennedy Foundation to overcome a variety of obstacles was celebrated at the House of Lords on Tuesday 4 March.
The celebration brought together students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have progressed from FE colleges and up into higher education. OCR was proud to support the celebration.
The Helena Kennedy Foundation was set up in Baroness Kennedy’s name over 15 years ago to take forward the findings of her seminal ‘Learning Works’ report. Each student selected by the Foundation received a bursary of £1500 to help cover the costs of university study, as well as on-going guidance and training from the Foundation.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, commented: “It is a privilege to be able to celebrate the achievements of some quite remarkable young people today. They are inspirational and great ambassadors for the potential of the FE sector. The Foundation removes some of the key barriers for students, who, without the Foundation’s assistance, would struggle to progress.”
Dr Ann Limb, founder of the Helena Kennedy Foundation in 1998, and chair of trustees, said: “We know there are so many talented people out there who have the ability to succeed in higher education but still miss out on the opportunity. Making the leap from college to university can be a big step and our Foundation works with colleges across the UK to support students to overcome real disadvantage. We are determined to continue to invest in talent, reward hard work and believe in the potential of education to transform lives”.
For more information about the Foundation, including applications for the 2014 awards, please visit the Helena Kennedy Foundation website.