Celebrating HKF Award Winners
Celebration at the House of Lords
The success of over 90 students who have been helped by the Helena Kennedy Foundation to overcome a variety of obstacles was celebrated at the House of Lords on Tuesday 1st March 2016.
The House of Lords celebration brought together students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have progressed from FE colleges from as far afield as Wales and up into higher education. The event was supported by City and Guilds.
Each student selected by the Helena Kennedy 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.
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. Speaking at the event, Baroness Kennedy said: " The awards recognise the great personal achievement of people who have faced real hurdles and disadvantage but who have turned to education to change their lives. The bursaries ease their financial burdens and applaud their success. "
Dr Ann Limb, founder of the Foundation in 1998, and chair of trustees, said: “Collaborating with colleges and universities across the UK has enabled us to invest more in talent within deprived areas. It is a great honour to see our winners rise above adversity and overcome their personal barriers to education.”
Patrick Craven, Director of Assessment, Policy, Research & Compliance at City & Guilds stated “Acquiring the skills needed to progress in life is essential for anyone and we can never underestimate the importance of skills in improving life chances. We're delighted to be supporting the Helena Kennedy Foundation and the important work it does to invest in the education of individuals from across the country.”
Notes to editors
1. The Helena Kennedy Foundation was founded in 1998 by Dr Ann Limb to take forward recommendations from ‘Learning Works’, the report by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the President of the Foundation. The charity, based near Old Street in London, provides bursaries, mentoring and work placements to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress from Further Education colleges into higher education.
2. About City and Guilds – www.cityandguilds.com
• City & Guilds is a UK leader in skills development. Its purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth
• Approximately 2 million people are currently working towards City & Guilds qualifications across 80 countries, which are offered in more than 20 sectors
• Backed by a Royal Charter, City & Guilds has almost 140 years’ experience in making sure that people are prepared to contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies
• For more information about the City & Guilds Group, visit: www.cityandguilds.com