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Access student scoops national award

21 April 2016

A mature student with no formal education since leaving school at 16 to join the Parachute Regiment, has scooped a national award for achievement on his Access to Health & Health Sciences course at City College Brighton and Hove.

Jamie Allington (44), who is now studying Psychology at Durham University, was presented with the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award in The Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize hosted by the LASER awarding body. The annual event, held in memory of Mr Fletcher, who worked tirelessly to promote access to higher education before sadly passing away in 2010, celebrates the achievement of learners and pays tribute to the inspiring journeys undertaken by Access students. This year’s winners were invited to a presentation at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by Nic Dakin MP.

Jamie Allington & Nic Dakin MP

Jamie Allington & Nic Dakin MP

Jamie describes his life experience since leaving school as 'twenty-five years of self-learning.' After leaving the army at age 21, this included many years spent travelling and working in the USA, India, SE Asia and Australia as well as teaching yoga in France, Thailand, Bali and Japan. Once he embarked on his course at City College, Jamie excelled and achieved Distinctions in all his graded units while holding down two part-time jobs to fund his studies. His Independent Research Project drew praise from an External Moderator who noted that the standard of Jamie’s writing and discussion was 'exceptional' and on par with undergraduate students at Level 5 or even 6.

Jamie’s tutor Lynsay Kobelis says: 'Jamie’s work was of a really impressive quality from the outset - well-constructed and supported by detailed and thorough research. In order to consistently reach the standard of work that he did, his level of dedication and time management was outstanding.'

'My prime motivator for returning to education was a desire to settle,' says Jamie. 'In my early forties, I felt like I was entering a new phase in my life and wanted a new project – I’d always regretted not going to university at some point earlier but back in the nineties, the options for mature students were limited. I found City College very supportive – they even funded my travel to an open day at Durham – and my tutors always had time to provide help when I needed it.'

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