CAVA is delighted to announce that Layla Graham, a former CAVA Access to HE Diploma (Science) student at John Leggott College, has been named winner of the national Keith Fletcher Award for ‘Outstanding Commitment to Study’. This is the culmination of a fantastic year for Layla; having achieved a distinction profile on her Access to HE Diploma, she was accepted to study for an MEng Computer and Electronic Engineering degree at the University of York, with a bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Layla, who received a CAVA Award at our conference in November 2016 said ‘The chance to do well at school was taken away from me by the hardships I suffered as a child and so until now I never had any formal qualifications. The Access to HE course offered me the ability to gain a qualification and continue on to fulfil a long desire to attend university. I would like to become a Chartered Engineer, I am also planning to do a PGCE in a STEM subject and would like to further my education to a PhD in Computer Science.’
Many congratulations to Layla and we wish her every success in her degree studies. We look forward to joining her, and all the winners, at the Houses of Parliament for the prize giving. This will be an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of all learners, and to recognise the amazing journey of Access to HE students like Layla throughout the country.
The 11 Access Validating Agencies (AVAs) across England and Wales joined together to sponsor and support this event for the sixth year running, in memory of a much-loved colleague, Keith Fletcher, who worked tirelessly promoting Access to HE throughout his career.
Invitations to nominate exceptional learners in 2016-17 will be sent out to colleges soon.