Stoke on Trent College student Ben scoops education award
A Stoke on Trent College student who overcomes daily health issues to continue his studies is one of just 14 across the UK to win an Access to Higher Education Award.
Ben Eyres, aged 24, of Kidsgrove, has a brain tumour and has suffered from health related issues that have led to a hip and shoulder replacement.
The awards, of £500, are given to students who have had to overcome significant barriers in order to re-enter education and, or, have demonstrated exceptional achievement on their current programme of study.
Ben said: “I wanted to do the Access to Higher Education course because of my experiences and I want to help people in a similar situation.
“In a few years time I would like to see myself as a counsellor. I have done well so far on the course, it is hard for me, I have to constantly read the topics and I have help from learning support which helps me a lot.
“They help me with my course work, how to research and understand what the assignments are asking. There are a few people in the class that really help me and I really appreciate that.
“Coming to college has given me confidence, I feel happier. My family are happier because they see me happy, I am going out doing an interesting course and I’m not as depressed. The family have more confidence in me and are less worried. My mum was proud when I got my merit in Biology.
“It is the highest thing I have ever achieved. My mum can see the progress I am making, personally and academically and she is very supportive.
“I have to overcome many obstacles. I get tired easily. I have to put in a lot of work to understand the subjects. It takes me 3 hours to prepare myself for a college day.”
Francine Price, Assistant Director for Access Studies, said: “Ben works exceptionally hard and is achieving high grades despite concentration and memory problems.
“His attendance levels and willingness to work is an inspiration to his fellow students and he is a popular member of the group.”
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