From left to right: Jeff Cuthbert (Deputy Minister for Skills), Rachel Williams (UHOVI Learner of the Year), Chris Corcoran (comedian)
A local student has been crowned as The College Ystrad Mynach UHOVI Learner of the Year 2012.
Rachel Williams, from Abertysswg, received the award at the first Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) celebration evening at Theatre Soar in Merthyr Tydfil. Awards were presented by Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert along with well-known Welsh comedian Chris Corcoran.
Rachel is studying for a foundation degree in Information Communication Technology with UHOVI at The College Ystrad Mynach.
Rachel’s tutors commented on her excellent academic performance and contribution to the college. She has achieved distinctions in four of the five modules she has studied this year, and is predicted to achieve success at the end of the course.
Rachel says “It means a lot to win this award. I hope to go on to complete a BA (Hons) Degree and to eventually become a web designer. I enjoy the practical tasks of the course and I like the convenience of studying locally.”
Launched in 2010, UHOVI is a unique partnership between the University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Newport and opens up Higher Education opportunities for learners in the Valleys region.
University of Glamorgan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of UHOVI Helen Marshall said, “UHOVI is all about improving skills and qualifications by making learning accessible to people in their own locality. This celebration event shows just how far we have come since launching and how many people are already benefiting from UHOVI courses.
“UHOVI is making a real difference to businesses in regenerating the valleys. Behind the statistics are stories of individual success with over 1500 students whose lives are being changed by their UHOVI study.”
Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate some of the success stories of the Welsh Government’s investment in education in the Heads of the Valleys.
“Over the last two years, the Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute has been delivering ambitious foundation and high-level work-related learning provision for all. It has provided an access route to Higher Education for learners who previously felt excluded or unable to participate in such opportunities.
“I would also like to congratulate the learners for their hard work and ambition that has led to the excellent results being recognised at this event.”